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December 21, 2018

4 Alternatives to Driving Drunk: The Smart Way to Avoid a DUI in Fargo

Drinking alcohol and driving is not a good mix, and a DUI is not something you want on your record. With the holiday season in full force, there’s bound to be people drinking at holiday parties, on New Year’s Eve, and more. We want you to stay safe (and smart) […]
December 18, 2018

Ownership Issues for a Startup Business

Various issues can always arise when starting a business, especially when ownership and responsibilities are not clearly laid out from the start.  When starting a business, it is crucial to discuss ownership, compensation, and responsibilities.  This can be challenging when a business is first forming and those roles are evolving […]
December 12, 2018

An Introduction to Asset Protection

An asset is defined as, “property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies.”  As a result of legal liability, assets can be levied upon by creditors.  Protecting assets is not about hiding assets, it is about utilizing options to […]
December 10, 2018

Real Estate “Dual Agency” – What does it mean?

In real estate transactions, dual agency means one real estate agency or firm represents more than one party.  For example, a real estate agent becomes a dual agent when he or she represents both buyer and seller.  Dual agency also arises when the same real estate agency or brokerage firm […]
December 7, 2018

Establishing the Value of Your Case

Before pursuing litigation, it is important to consider the value of your case.  An accurate assessment of your case’s value, meaning how much you stand to gain if you are successful, is crucial to making important decisions at each step of the litigation process. How to calculate the value of […]
December 4, 2018

Work Email: Who Owns it?

Generally, employers own work email accounts.  Employers typically own the computer used to access the email, servers, and other data.  Accordingly, emails sent and received on work email accounts are the property of the employer and can generally be monitored by the employer.  Employees should not expect email messages to […]
November 29, 2018

Foss Presents at Cass County Bar Association Meeting

Sean Foss, a partner at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss attorneys in Fargo, ND, recently was a featured presenter at the November meeting of the Cass County Bar Association. Foss presented on the subject: “Voting Rights in North Dakota – Historic laws, Recent Changes and Litigation.” His presentation satisfied CLE credit […]
November 26, 2018

So You’ve Been Arrested on Solicitation Charges – What Now?

What is solicitation? If you try to seek the services of a prostitute, you may be arrested for solicitation.  Criminal solicitation may also apply to other crimes, but it is commonly referred to in relation to soliciting a prostitute.  Solicitation generally refers to hiring, offering, or agreeing to hire an […]
November 23, 2018

Economic Damages for Personal Injuries

Money cannot buy happiness, but it can make a big difference in how much medical treatment you can afford. After an accident, if you receive prompt care by a plastic surgeon, followed by months of physical therapy, you may be able to avoid a permanent disability. In some cases, getting […]
November 20, 2018

Things to Consider in a Contract for Deed

A contract for deed is generally a simpler and faster process than utilizing a mortgage lender when purchasing a property.  A contract for deed is an agreement for a buyer to make payments on a property for a specified amount of time in exchange for title to the property.  There […]
November 14, 2018

Tips on What to Do When Arrested on an Open Warrant

What is an open warrant? An open warrant means a judge has authorized law enforcement to arrest an individual at any time.  Essentially, if you have an open warrant for your arrest, your next interaction with law enforcement may end in your arrest and detainer.  For example, you never showed […]
November 12, 2018

Medical Records and Personal Injury

Reliance on evidence is what separates a fair justice system from one based on arbitrariness and tyranny. In civil lawsuits, the judge must decide whether the available evidence supports or refutes the plaintiff’s claim. In personal injury lawsuits, medical records are an essential piece of evidence. Why are Medical Records […]
November 8, 2018

What is a Lease-to-Own Contract?

A lease-to-own agreement, also referred to as a rent-to-own or lease option, provides flexibility in housing agreements.  In a lease-to-own agreement, the tenant/buyer has a standard landlord-tenant in place with an extra option providing for the tenant’s right to purchase the property.  However, the terms of a lease-to-own agreement can […]
November 6, 2018

No-Fault Laws and Personal Injury Claims

More than half of Americans cannot afford an unexpected $400 expense without resorting to borrowing money from friends or family. While appliance repairs and emergency travel are common causes of unexpected expenses, medical bills are among the most unavoidable. Beyond a certain point, you cannot put off medical care when […]
October 31, 2018

Police Body Cams in the Future

Many law enforcement agencies are now utilizing body cameras for their officers.  Although now commonly used, body cameras are still a somewhat controversial topic.  Body cameras can serve as effective tools for both law enforcement and individuals by providing an accurate recording of interactions between the public and the police.  […]
October 29, 2018

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.
October 26, 2018

What to do When Business Partners Disagree

So you have formed a business partnership, but one or more partners do not agree on an issue that is important to the business – what do you do now?
October 25, 2018

Guidelines for Protecting Proprietary Information

Intellectual property is a crucial part of many businesses.  Protecting this proprietary information is essential.  Proprietary information includes trade secrets, client lists, development plans, marketing plans, and other confidential information.  Although non-competition agreements are almost always void in North Dakota, that is not the only way to protect your business’ […]
October 19, 2018

Beware of Offering Stock to Friends and Family

One of the most important parts of business is raising capital.  When raising capital, regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or your state securities department may become involved.  Some might assume that business contributions by friends and family are not subject to securities laws. Offering friends and family […]
October 17, 2018

Christa Ackley Joins O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss

Christa joined O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss as a paralegal. Her primary area of focus is family law, working with attorney Tracy Lyson. Christa is currently attending Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduating in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Prior to joining the firm, Christa worked […]
October 11, 2018

What if you are Sued by Someone?

You received a summons and complaint – what happens now?  In civil lawsuits, the proceeding begins with a summons and complaint.  This is your notification that you are being sued.
October 9, 2018

The Importance of Writing a Demand Letter with an Attorney

Demand letters are often a starting point to the resolution of a dispute.  Although non-attorneys can send demand letters, having an attorney assist in writing the demand letter is important to hopefully efficiently resolving the dispute.
October 6, 2018

Contract Tips for Avoiding Litigation

Generally, it is in everyone’s best interest to avoid litigation.  Litigation is expensive and time consuming for all parties.  One way to avoid litigation is to draft a contract with the possibility of future litigation in mind.  Even if you think your contract will never be the basis of a […]
October 4, 2018

Chris D. Cerney Joins Firm

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss welcomes our newest associate attorney, Chris D. Cerney. Chris is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law. Prior to his law school experience, Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1997 from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of […]
September 27, 2018

When is a Warrant Required to Search Your Home?

“When it comes to the Fourth Amendment, the home is first among equals.”  Your right to privacy without unreasonable government intrusion is at its strongest in your home.  Police officers almost always need a warrant to search a home.  There are few exceptions to this requirement, like consent or emergency, […]
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