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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 Attorneys 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 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, […]
June 26, 2019
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You’re Getting Married! ? Here’s What You Need to Do From a Legal Perspective.

Deciding to get married is exciting, and it’s a huge step. Besides flowers, photos, and music, there are also some legal considerations you should make before the big day. Apply for a Marriage License For your state to recognize your marriage as legally binding, you will have to get a […]
June 20, 2019
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Was Your Slip and Fall the Result of Negligence?

Slip and fall incidents are one of the most common causes of preventable injuries in the United States. While most people think that they are relatively low-risk, the reality is that slip, trips, and falls are capable of causing extremely severe injuries. These include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, […]
June 13, 2019
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Do You Need a Lawyer for a Traffic Violation?

If you’ve been ticketed for a traffic violation, you probably haven’t given it much thought – other than being miffed about the fine. The fact is, however, that traffic violations can be far more costly than you first recognize. A ticket for a traffic violation adds points to your driver’s […]
June 5, 2019
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What is Arbitration?

If you have a serious business dispute, taking the matter to court isn’t the only option. In fact, heading to court is often expensive, time-consuming, and unpredictable, and typically should be reserved for those instances when all else fails. As a result, many people consider arbitration as an alternative form […]
June 3, 2019
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Do You Need an Attorney to Settle a Car Crash Case?

Car accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes severely. Under both Minnesota and North Dakota law, people who are injured in wrecks that are the result of someone else’s negligence can recover for their crash-related losses. The overwhelming majority of these cases are settled out-of-court by the at-fault party’s […]
May 30, 2019
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May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Every motorcyclist should be concerned with safety. While riding a motorcycle can be economical, convenient, and fun, it is also an inherently dangerous way to travel due to a biker’s lack of protection should a crash occur. Even a helmet cannot prevent 100 percent of head injuries, and the rest […]
May 28, 2019
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Getting Your Startup Off the Ground

You have an amazing idea for a startup business, and you’re ready to move. The best way to help ensure that your startup makes it off the ground and continues to soar is to secure the professional legal services of an experienced business attorney and to continue to carefully attend […]
May 21, 2019
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Distracted Driving in ND and MN

Many people, especially in the Fargo-Moorhead area, drive between Minnesota and North Dakota daily.  Due to new laws likely to be enacted in Minnesota, it is important to be aware of the dangers and possible penalties associated with driving distracted. North Dakota The North Dakota Supreme Court recently decided a […]
May 17, 2019
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Accessing Digital Assets Upon Death

It’s easy to ignore your digital assets, such as social media accounts, email accounts, music, photographs, or any other information stored digitally when planning your estate. However, your digital assets, specifically access to your digital assets, should be addressed in your estate plan. Although some of your digital assets may […]
May 15, 2019
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Potential Defenses to a North Dakota DUI Charge

Facing a DUI charge in North Dakota or Minnesota can be overwhelming but recognizing that you have rights and options can help. While every DUI case is specific to its own set of circumstances, an experienced Fargo criminal defense attorney will carefully consider your situation and will help you build […]
May 9, 2019
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Concussions May Affect Women More than Men

Although scientists aren’t sure why, concussions appear to affect women more adversely than they do men. While concussion research rarely focuses on women, women – according to Scientific American – suffer a greater number of concussions, experience more serious symptoms, and recover more slowly than do their male counterparts. As […]
May 7, 2019
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Dean Rindy Named in Chambers USA 2019

Dean Rindy, a real estate attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys in Fargo, has been named as a leading specialist in real estate law by Chambers USA Guide. Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across all the United States of America. Law firms that have a national presence […]
May 3, 2019
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Long-Term Consequences of a Drug-Related Conviction

If you are facing drug charges in North Dakota, you are facing serious charges, and you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Fargo criminal defense attorney. North Dakota take such charges extremely seriously, and so should you. The fact is that drug conviction can affect your future in […]
May 1, 2019
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Legal Tips to Consider Before You Sign a Prenup

Many people who get married today are asked to enter into prenuptial agreements, which are intended to protect the parties’ interests, should the marriage fail. But a prenuptial agreement is a legally binding contract, so don’t sign it before you make the following considerations: Get Independent Legal Representation There are […]
April 25, 2019
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When It Comes To Bad Landlords In North Dakota, Tenants Have Rights.

One of the first things a person typically does after deciding to rent an apartment or other living quarters is to sign a lease. Sometimes a lease can be a simple document, but oftentimes, especially when renting from an experienced landlord with many rental units, the lease can be very […]