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September 20, 2019
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Foreclosure Rules in North Dakota

In North Dakota, foreclosures are governed by state law.  The process of foreclosing on a property requires several notices before foreclosure can take place.  The lender must give the borrower at least 30 days notice of the intent to foreclose.
September 17, 2019
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Succession Planning for Family-Owned Businesses

An important, but sometimes overlooked, component of an estate plan for family-business owners is a succession plan for the continued management and operation of the business after the owner is no longer involved with the company. Most family-business owners intend for their businesses to survive them and believe their children […]
September 12, 2019
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Can You Fight a Child Support Increase?

If your former spouse files a request for a child support increase, do you have to agree to it, or can you fight it? A request for a child support modification can be challenged. To do so, you will put the request before a judge and ask the court to […]
September 9, 2019
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How a Felony Conviction Can Affect Your Career

Everyone knows that a criminal conviction – and particularly a felony conviction – can result in substantial legal penalties, including fines, imprisonment, and the loss of certain rights. If you’re facing felony charges, it’s important to understand that the consequences of a felony conviction on your record can go far […]
September 5, 2019
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Feeling Unsafe? It Might be Time to File a Restraining Order. ?

If you or someone you know is in a relationship or situation where they feel they would benefit from a restraining order, it is important to understand what they are and how they work. This can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience for many, but in the end, a restraining […]
September 3, 2019
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Changes in Civil Asset Forfeiture

Upcoming Changes to North Dakota’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Civil asset forfeiture has been a popular topic across the country, with many seeking to reform laws. The basic premise of civil asset forfeiture is that if money or property is used in the commission of a crime or constitutes the […]
August 30, 2019
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Firm Team Lends a Hand at YWCA

Actually, four O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss team members lent eight hands the afternoon of August 27th at the YWCA Cass Clay Emergency Shelter.  This is just another example of how the firm’s commitment to community involvement comes true year ‘round.   The team worked diligently sorting and categorizing some of […]
August 26, 2019
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How to Protect Your Rights after a Slip and Fall Accident

August 22, 2019
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Grandparent Rights to Visitation

The joys of being a grandparent are unlike any other experience, and the relationships that you have with your grandchildren are irreplaceable and priceless. But what happens when you are not allowed to see your grandchildren? What would you do if you couldn’t spend time with them? If you are […]
August 20, 2019
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Drafting an Operating Agreement for Your Limited Liability Company ?

Starting a business is an exciting prospect, and you want to ensure you take every necessary step to set the enterprise up for success. If you intend to set up a limited liability company (LLC), the process begins with registering the LLC with the State of North Dakota by filing […]
August 16, 2019
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Most Common Drug Paraphernalia That Result in Felony Charges

Every state deals with drugs and drug paraphernalia possession differently. To a certain extent in North Dakota, the possession of drug paraphernalia can have the same incarceration penalty as if you were caught possessing the actual drug itself. What Is Paraphernalia? Paraphernalia is anything used for the manufacturing, growing, weighing, […]
August 12, 2019
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Marital Versus Non-Marital Property in Minnesota – How Will it Affect Your Divorce?

Depending on how property is designated – marital or non-marital – affects how it may be distributed in a divorce.  Regardless of whose name is on the title of the home or the vehicles, property acquired during the marriage is generally marital property which must be distributed between the spouses […]
August 9, 2019
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My Child is Being Bullied. What Should I Do?

Bullying has been an issue in our school systems for many years. However, with the increasing popularity of cell phones and social media, students are witnessing a new, harsher form of bullying – cyberbullying. In order to protect our children and put an end to bullying and cyberbullying in our […]
August 5, 2019
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Can You Receive Financial Support from Your Spouse While Your Divorce is Pending?

Divorce is full of unknowns, and facing a divorce is extremely stressful. It’s difficult to predict from the outset exactly how long your divorce proceedings will take, and even reasonably friendly divorces sometimes morph into contentiousness. In the State of North Dakota, the court – if it deems it appropriate […]
August 2, 2019
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Evaluating Job Applicants With Background Checks in North Dakota ??

When starting a new business, one of the first tasks to get your business up and running is hiring employees. In doing so, you may want to conduct background checks on applicants to prevent any surprises after the applicant is hired. Background checks can be a useful tool in evaluating […]
July 30, 2019
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Choosing Where to Form Your LLC Could Significantly Affect Your Business

July 26, 2019
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Consider These Legal Issues to Protect Your New Business

The idea is there. The need is there. The building space you’ve been dreaming of is available. You’ve come up with nearly everything to begin the process of starting your own business. Before you get too far into the details of your new business, consider and address some of these […]
July 22, 2019
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Upcoming Changes to North Dakota’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Civil asset forfeiture has been a popular topic across the country, with many seeking to reform laws.  The basic premise of civil asset forfeiture is that if money or property is used in the commission of a crime or constitutes the proceeds of criminal activity, law enforcement may seize the […]
July 18, 2019
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Does Someone Owe You Money? ? Consider Utilizing Small Claims Court.

Small claims court, also known as conciliation court, is an informal proceeding designed to be a relatively inexpensive and quick process to recover money owed.  Small claims court is generally limited to the recovery of money.  If you are owed an amount less than $15,000, you may consider pursuing your […]
July 16, 2019
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Going Through a Divorce With Kids? Here’s How to Put Together a Parenting Plan.

Going through a divorce isn’t easy. And when you add children to the mix, it’s even more challenging as you have to make important parenting decisions. There are many factors you need to consider when making these crucial decisions; however, it’s important to keep the best interest of your child(ren) […]
July 12, 2019
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Law Firm Announces Filing of Complaint Naming Priest, Diocese of Fargo

The law firm of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss of Fargo, ND announced at a news conference Thursday afternoon (7/11/2019) the filing of a complaint in Cass County District Court naming Michael Wight – a Catholic priest, The Society of the Most Holy Trinity and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo […]
July 8, 2019
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What Parents Should Know About Shaken Baby Syndrome and Brain Injury

While babies bring a lot of joy, there can be moments of frustration if a caregiver can’t console their crying. While most caregivers can handle these times just fine, sometimes feelings boil over and they start shaking the baby. It only takes a few seconds of shaking to cause irreversible […]
July 5, 2019
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Common Business Contracts

Companies enter into contracts during all stages of business. No matter what type of transaction a contract governs, it is critical to review unfavorable terms and confirm that a contract is enforceable under the law. An experienced business lawyer should always draft or review contracts before a business owner signs […]
July 3, 2019
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What is the 24/7 Sobriety Program?

Seeing the rise in alcohol-related traffic arrests and accidents, the State of North Dakota enacted the 24/7 Sobriety Program – a rehabilitation program that affects individuals arrested for a second or subsequent DUI. Participation in the 24/7 program may be required as a condition of parole & probation, for any […]
June 28, 2019
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Protecting Your Rights After a Car Crash

The minutes – and days – after a car crash can be chaotic. Right after a crash, there may be many people standing around, unsure of what to do. As the hours and days pass, you may wonder whether or not you should get medical attention, stay home from work, […]
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