Category Archives: Articles of Interest

How do I hire the right attorney?

How do I hire the right attorney? Hiring the right attorney is important. It can be confusing. If you do some research and ask the rights questions, it will be easier and you’ll make a good decision. Ask around – your friends, co-workers, and family. They can be good resources, especially if they have hired […]

What happens after you’ve retained your lawyer?

What happens after you’ve retained your lawyer? The investigation happens. The investigation is critical. To achieve the best result, it requires you and your lawyer to work as a team. It’s often important to get at it quickly. Get the basic information to your lawyer promptly. Make sure it’s accurate and complete. As you come […]


Experts Experts are often a critical component of a trial. They can make your case. They can break it. Pay close attention to the experts proposed for your case. Sometimes, the law requires you to support your case with expert testimony. Other times, an expert may not be required but is helpful in explaining an important part of […]

Google Search

Google Search A Google search by a prospective juror was the issue in a recent decision from the South Dakota Supreme Court. It’s one example of how the internet is impacting our legal system. In Russo vs. Takata Corporation and TK Holdings, Inc.  2009 SD 83, a sixteen-year Natasha was driving her mother’s 1996 Geo Tracker […]

When To Talk To A Lawyer

When To Talk To A Lawyer When should you consult with a lawyer? Before you sign the contract. Before you start your business. Before you become a partner. Before you decide to get divorced. Before you default on your loan. Before you fail to pay your taxes. Before you die (well, you know what I […]

What Does It Take To Be An Expert

What Does It Take To Be An Expert What qualifies a person to be an expert? Must the individual have a doctorate degree? If the individual has an advanced degree, is he or she automatically qualified to testify as an expert? In Tosh v. Schwab, 743 N.W.2d 422 (S.D. 2007), plaintiff claimed he was a […]

What To Do If You’re In An Accident

What To Do If You’re In An Accident If you’re in a car accident, calm yourself and your passengers. Act maturely with poise. Don’t say something you’ll regret later. Call 911. Is anyone hurt – you, your passenger, others? Respond appropriately. Before you get out of your car, carefully survey the situation from all direction. […]

Beginning Divorce

Beginning Divorce Once you have made the difficult decision to obtain a divorce, there are many things to consider. It is important to educate yourself so you understand your basic rights and responsibilities and have a general idea about the process involved for obtaining a divorce. You need to meet some minimum requirements in order to […]

Prostitution Sting In Minneapolis

Prostitution Sting In Minneapolis While waiting in the Minneapolis airport for my flight home last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune was reporting an appellate court decision arising out of a prostitution sting operation. The case is State of Minnesota v. Burkland, A08-1784 (November 24, 2009). A police officer posing as a customer went to a tanning […]