Business Law

June 2, 2020
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Do Force Majeure Clauses Apply to COVID-19 Circumstances?

As many businesses have been shut down due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, companies have lost revenue, experienced staff shortages, had interruptions in supply chains, and many more difficulties. All of these circumstances can make it challenging or impossible for a company to fulfill its obligations under one or more […]
January 31, 2020
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There’s Been a Breach in My Business Contract. ? Now What?

A breach of contract occurs when one of the two parties involved breaks their end of a contract. There are many instances in which this can occur, which is why breach of contract suits are quite common in small claims courts. Continue reading to learn your legal options when a […]
January 13, 2020
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What Business Entity is Right for You?

One of the most important decisions that a business owner can make is how to structure the company.  There are different options for business entities, and you should carefully consider each one to determine its possible benefits and drawbacks for your specific business. It is wise to discuss this matter […]
December 11, 2019
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Can You Use One-Size Fits All Contracts from the Internet?

Business transactions and agreements are memorialized in contracts. These contracts are legally binding and should have terms that address every aspect of the agreement. These days, many websites offer contracts for sale online, and it can be tempting to use an online contract instead of seeking help from an experienced […]
September 25, 2019
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Legal Considerations for Startups

Starting a new business is an exciting and worthy pursuit, but there’s a lot to it. In fact, there are several important legal considerations you should address before you even consider launching your startup. Working with an experienced Fargo business attorney will help ensure that your new business enterprise is […]
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 […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 23, 2019
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Non-Compete Contracts in North Dakota

The 24/7 workday is closer to being a reality now than it has ever been. With employees expected to read and acknowledge work emails at all hours of the day and night, it can feel like your employer is micromanaging you even when you are not at work. According to […]
April 15, 2019
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Women Owned Businesses In ND Have Special Benefits

February 28, 2019
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Ways to Resolve Breach of Contract

All individuals and businesses enter into various contracts on a regular basis. It is often only a matter of time before another party fails to uphold their end of the agreement or accuses you of failing to perform your part. When a contract dispute arises, you may think that heading […]
February 18, 2019
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Buy-Sell Agreements: Unreasonable Restrictions on Alienation

In general, a buy-sell agreement is a contract between the owners of a company and the company which both restricts the transfer of ownership and facilitates the sale of an ownership interest. A buy-sell agreement provides a mechanism for an owner to sell his or her ownership interest in a […]
December 18, 2018
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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
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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 4, 2018
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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 […]
October 26, 2018
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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
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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 11, 2018
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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.
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