North Dakota Legal Resources

Overview of the North Dakota Court System

North Dakota has a simple three-tiered court system. Depending on the severity of your case, you may be heard by either of the two bottom tiers of court. The top tier is reserved exclusively for appeals and other matters.

The bottom-most tier consists of North Dakota's municipal courts. These primarily deal with DWI/DUI cases as well as other traffic infractions and moving violations. There are no jury trials in the municipal courts.

Decisions made in the municipal courts may be appealed up to the district courts, which handle all other matters as well. These matters include all civil and criminal trials, probate and estate cases, domestic relations and family matters, and juvenile cases.

The North Dakota Supreme Court handles appeals from the district courts. It also takes care of court administrative matters such as advisory opinions, bar admissions and judiciary discipline.

North Dakota Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated North Dakota attorney by location and by practice area. We have North Dakota attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

North Dakota Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free North Dakota legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own. Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

A North Dakota Residential Lease Agreement is an integral part of any rental agreement. If you own property, you know that renting is a good idea to supplement your income and help pay for the mortgage. Your legal details must be addressed, however, if you want to ensure your property's safety. Our free Residential Lease Form will create a legally binding landlord/tenant agreement that will help you feel secure in your rental situation.

The free Last Will and Testament documents on LawInfo are vital if you want to take charge over the division of your property and heirlooms upon your death. Keeping a last will on file will allow family members to know how you want to proceed and will save them the time and stress of going through probate court to determine who gets what. Not only is keeping a will the responsible thing to do for your family, but it also allows you to choose who gets what.

Accidents can happen at any time, so it is important to have Power of Attorney documents filed and ready for legal use. A Power of Attorney, available for free from LawInfo, gives a specific person or persons the right to make important decisions on your behalf with regard to your medical care and finances. If you want to be sure that your wishes are followed even if you are incapacitated, this document is necessary.

Starting a Business in North Dakota

If you're beginning the plunge into North Dakota business ownership, you'll need good resources to help you get your enterprise off the ground. For advice on how to start your business right, including doing market research, developing a business plan, getting funding and other logistical and legal details, visit the North Dakota Small Business Development Center, the state's repository of useful small-business resources.

After the business plan comes the business name. Make sure you check with the chamber of commerce to avoid duplicating an existing name. You'll have to choose a business structure that meets your needs as well. While a sole proprietorship or partnership may allow you to avoid some regulation, taxes and paperwork, you will have to put your personal money at risk. A corporate structure may keep your assets protected.

North Dakota Business Statistics

North Dakota is home to many small businesses, with companies of less than 500 people comprising nearly 62 percent of the state's employers. The state has enjoyed a booming economy, and its unemployment rate hovered around 3 percent in 2013, and its growth rate was 13.1 percent in 2011.

Nearly 200,000 people are employed by North Dakota small businesses. Larger businesses did not have as much of a presence, with only 721 in the entire state. No Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in North Dakota.