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“Stand Your Ground” Hearings in Cases Where South Dakotans Claim Self-Defense

Along with the traditional castle doctrine, which allows someone to use deadly force if a dangerous intruder enters their home, South Dakota also has a “stand your ground” law, which Read More

Steps to Take When Forming an LLC in South Dakota

If you're considering starting a business in South Dakota, forming a limited liability company (LLC) could be the right choice for you. LLCs offer several advantages, including protection of an Read More

Tips for Avoiding Mistakes During the Probate Process

Losing a loved one is never easy, and navigating the subsequent legal intricacies can feel overwhelming. Probate, the process of settling a deceased person's estate, can be complex and fraught Read More

The Pros and Cons of Subchapter V Small Business Bankruptcy

Subchapter V bankruptcy, created by the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) in 2019, offers a streamlined and potentially more affordable form of Chapter 11 reorganization for small businesses. However, there Read More

How to Determine Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce

When getting a divorce, a question arises amidst dividing furniture and disentangling finances: who keeps the family pet? For most pet owners, their dog, cat or other animal is a Read More

How the Business Structure You Choose Affects Your Tax Liability

A business’ legal structure can significantly affect the owner’s income tax liabilities. With respect to taxes, there are three types of businesses: “Direct taxation,” “pass through” and “double tax.” There Read More

What Damages Are Available in a Breach of Contract Claim?

When a party to a contract does not fulfill their obligations, the other party is usually entitled to collect money damages suffered due to the breach of contract. While the Read More

What Is Informal Probate and What Estates Are Eligible?

Probate is the court-supervised process of validating a deceased person’s (the decedent) will and appointing an executor or administrator to administer the assets of the decedent to the rightful beneficiaries. Read More

The Differences Between a Revocable and Irrevocable Trust

Trusts are incredibly valuable estate planning tool when they are used correctly. They allow you to transfer ownership of your property to a trustee who will manage that property for Read More

How a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) Works

Dividing retirement assets is often one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. Retirement benefits are usually substantial assets acquired during the marriage and typically subject to division under Read More

What is “Cramdown” in Chapter 12 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 12 bankruptcy proceedings are specifically designed for family fisherman or family farmers that have a regular income. This type of bankruptcy allows these farmers and fishermen to create a Read More

The Benefits of Working With an Attorney If You’re Being Audited

Receiving notice that you’re being audited by the IRS can be overwhelming and intimidating. It can be difficult to know what concerns the IRS has with your prior returns or Read More

How Often Should You Review or Update Your Will?

For many people, preparing a will is a significant task that takes time and effort. After it is completed, you may feel that you’ve checked that box and no longer Read More

Common Disputes That Arise During Probate

In the aftermath of the death of a loved one, it can be difficult to manage all of the logistics that arise when dealing with an estate. Emotions are often Read More

Is Simple Assault a Felony in South Dakota?

Assault is a crime that encapsulates a wide range of conduct directed at another person. Each state has its own laws defining the different types of criminal assault and the Read More

What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

When businesses or individuals face serious financial hardship, they have several options when it comes to filing for bankruptcy. Among those options is Chapter 11, also known as reorganization bankruptcy. Chapter Read More

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