December 13, 2016

Limited Campus Police Jurisdiction: What it Means

For many years the North Dakota State University Campus Police and the Fargo Police Department operated under a Memorandum of Understanding, which essentially granted NDSU Police to patrol and make arrests anywhere within the City of Fargo. Several universities and municipalities, including UND and the Grand Forks Police Department, used […]
December 5, 2016

Roadways Dangerous During Holiday Season

There are certain days each year when it’s probably best to stay off the road.  Statistics show that the top 10 worst days for driving include Christmas Day, New Years Day, and NFL game day. Here’s the complete list: Memorial Day weekend. Many consider Memorial Day the beginning of the […]
December 2, 2016

Child Custody Tips: How to Gracefully Share the Kids During Holidays

The upcoming Holiday season should be all about giving thanks, but it is often difficult for divorced families to get in the holiday spirit, particularly when it means sharing their children. For those who celebrate Christmas, divorced and separated couples need to remember to help their kids focus on being […]
November 29, 2016

Can a Bar Owner or Social Host be Held Liable for an Accident in North Dakota?

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are just around the corner, parties abound, and the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads is increasing, putting innocent pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists at risk. Most people understand that an impaired person who gets behind the wheel after drinking […]
November 23, 2016

Why Aggressive Drivers are the Most Dangerous Motorists on the Road

Whether a driver is late, in a hurry, distracted by emotions, or just in a bad mood, aggressive driving is very common among drivers in the U.S. A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that almost 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road […]
November 21, 2016

Slip and Falls in Private Homes: Can I Really Sue My Host?

The holiday season is nearly here, making social gatherings more common. But if you slip and fall while at someone else’s home and suffer injuries, can you still recover damages – even from your holiday host? Slip and Fall Accident at a Private Residence If you slip and fall at […]
November 15, 2016

Why Carry More Auto Insurance Than the Limits?

In North Dakota, drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of bodily injury liability coverage equal to $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident, and $25,000 per accident for property damage. Why should you consider carrying more?
November 9, 2016

Deer-Automobile Accidents Increase from 2015

Due to increasing deer populations, deer-related automobile accidents have risen nearly 50 percent in recent years, particularly from the months of October through December. According to a State Farm analysis published on season the likelihood of deer-automobile accidents nearly doubles at the height of mating and migration season. According […]
November 7, 2016

Can I Back Out of a Timeshare Contract?

If you enter into a timeshare and then suffer buyer’s remorse, it may be possible to cancel the contract, but you must move quickly and follow the proper procedures: Follow the Terms of the Contract Most states have passed laws that allow timeshare buyers to cancel contracts, and your contract […]
November 1, 2016

Fighting Over an Estate? Tips to Help Resolve Your Differences

Even if there’s a will in place, many families still end up fighting over an estate after their loved ones die. Although many people believe the only way to resolve a dispute over an estate is to turn to probate court, there are several other things you can do before […]
October 26, 2016

Writing a Legally Binding Loan Note

Your best friend just hit you up for money, and although you don’t want to get too formal, without a proper (and legally binding) loan note, there is a chance that you will never see your money again. Here’s what needs to be included in a legally binding loan note […]
October 24, 2016

Legal Issues Landlords Need to be Aware of

Landlord-tenant relationships can be dicey, but if landlords deal with potential issues before a rental agreement is signed, many common problems can be avoided. Here are some tips that landlords should keep in mind when dealing with tenants: Don’t Use Old, Boilerplate Forms It is critical that lease and rental […]
October 20, 2016

Wrongful Death: Damages Must be Proven in Court

Under North Dakota law, a wrongful death is one that arises from the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another. The act that causes death may be negligent, reckless, or intentional. Wrongful death claims can be made in a variety of circumstances, including fatal car accidents, medical malpractice, and dangerous […]
October 10, 2016

My Injury Case Finally Settled –Now What?

Just when your injury was becoming a distant yet painful memory and you were beginning to wonder if you would ever be able to put your personal injury case behind you, your lawyer successfully settled the claim – so what happens next? Before you’ll get your settlement proceeds, several obligations […]
October 6, 2016

Are Stepparents Entitled to Visitation Rights?

Stepparents often play a crucial role in raising children and form strong bonds with them, but unless they have legally adopted a child, they likely have no legal right to make decisions on the child’s behalf. However, if a child’s parent and stepparent get divorced, 23 states now have laws […]
October 4, 2016

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Welcomes Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson is the newest member of the associate attorney team at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys in Fargo. Katie grew up in Grafton. She earned her Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Katie worked as a paralegal, then decided to study to become an attorney […]
September 30, 2016

When It May be Time to Write a Will

Many people drag their feet when it comes to writing a will. If you have not yet made one or have not updated it for many years, there are several triggering events that should serve to remind you that it is time to organize your estate plan: Getting Married (or […]
September 26, 2016

Ready to Move? Steps to Selling Your Home

If you plan on selling your home, it isn’t just a matter of putting a sign on your front lawn, receiving multiple bids, and accepting the best offer – those days are long gone. In today’s maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work […]
September 21, 2016

Jensen Admitted to Practice in ND Courts

Second only to passing the bar examination, being sworn in by a judge to practice in a state is one of the most exciting days in an attorney’s professional career. It means you can serve more clients in your area of legal concentrate. Recently Annie Jensen, attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson […]
September 20, 2016

5 Projects That Can Add Value to Your Home

With housing prices on the rise, now is the time to invest in your home to capitalize on its value. Here are five home improvement projects that pay off, whether you are selling now or in the future. Increase Curb Appeal Although not usually considered the most exciting improvement to […]
September 12, 2016

Team Member’s Plate Plenty Full

Abby Hammes has a lot on her plate. During the normal work-week Abby is busy as a paralegal at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys, a law firm in Fargo. Abby works closely with family lawyer Tracy Lyson, provides administrative support in civil and commercial litigation actions for attorney Sean Foss, and […]
September 6, 2016

What’s a Life Care Plan and Do I Need One?

When we are young and healthy, a life care plan is often the last thing on our minds. But by addressing issues that could crop up later in life, you can minimize the likelihood that a catastrophic event will derail all your plans. What is a Life Care Plan? A […]
September 2, 2016

Don’t Tolerate These Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors From Supervisors

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is considered severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. If a person is fired, denied a promotion, demoted, given a poor performance evaluation, or reassigned to a less desirable position […]
August 29, 2016

Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Call an Estate Planning Lawyer

Estate planning is something most people avoid, but consulting with an experienced estate-planning lawyer is something you should do sooner rather than later, for these reasons: Death No matter how good your health is now, you can never be sure when you will die. If you pass away without a […]
August 25, 2016

Injured in an Auto Accident? Know Your Rights

Whenever a motorist operates an automobile, they are expected to exercise reasonable care not to injure others, and the failure to do so may be considered negligence. A person who drives in a negligent manner may be obligated to pay for any damages that he or she causes. An injured […]