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Is your buddy your best bet for a business partner?

Deciding to start a business can be an exciting time. You’ve watched the people around you, and you have a great idea for something that can help them live better lives. Whether you are planning on providing a product or a service, you have a vision for how the future can be better for your customers.

Going into business alone can be scary. Some people start their business ideas in the garage talking to an old friend, others start the planning phase alone and pitch the concept after thinking about it for a while. Having a friend at your side may make the idea of your new venture less intimidating, but is it the best path?

Kennelly Business Law celebrates National Small Business Week

Sunday, April 29, kicked off National Small Business Week. The U.S. Small Business Administration has been honoring small businesses since 1963. From Sunday, April 29 through Saturday, May 5, the SBA will be livestreaming award ceremonies along with announcing the National Small Business Person of the Year. According to the SBA, more than half of Americans own or work for a small business.  Small businesses also create two out of every three jobs. This is even more evident in North Dakota and Minnesota where small businesses are the backbone of the economies. Small businesses are the reason Kennelly Business Law was formed. Our team is passionate about assisting our business clients navigate through their legal matters, from the time of conception through succession planning for the next generation of owners.  In honor of National Small Business Week, Kennelly Business Law thanks each of our clients for allowing us to share in your dreams.  We look forward to providing continued support and advice to our small business clients in the upcoming year.   If you are someone who desires to open a small business, or an existing small business owner who needs legal support, please do not hesitate to give our team a call to discuss how we can add value to your company.

Chris Kennelly Earns AV Preeminent Legal Rating

Chris Kennelly has received an "AV Preeminent Rating" by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. The AV Rating is the highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for a lawyer and is established wholly on a peer-review basis. The AV Preeminent designation signifies that Chris has been rated by fellow attorneys as having the highest possible rating for legal abilities and ethical standards. The "AV Preeminent" rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the United States, and is the highest rating offered by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The Legal Ability Rating indicates professional ability in a specific area of practice and is based on five key areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience. The General Ethical Standards Rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. The AV Preeminent rating is a nationally recognized acknowledgment of Chris's accomplishments and skills as an attorney. ABOUT CHRIS:   Chris is an Attorney and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status) specializing in business law, real estate, and estate planning. He has formed hundreds of entities and represents many businesses and individuals in the region. Chris serves as the chair of the Business and Corporations Section of the State Bar of North Dakota. He is also the owner and CEO of the Frontier Title Group, consisting of FM Title, Fargo, North Dakota, Barnes Title, Valley City, North Dakota, Richland Title, Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Stutsman Title, Jamestown, North Dakota. Chris can be contacted at 701-478-4900 or [email protected]

Why New Parents Need Wills

No one enjoys talking about estate planning. This is especially true for young adults. There are two common reasons why young adults believe a proper estate plan is unnecessary: (1) they are healthy and do not plan on dying anytime soon; and (2) they do not have substantial assets. Despite these two common excuses, life happens. It is important for young adults with minor children to have a proper estate plan to be prepared for the times when life gets ugly.

Ben Williams joins Kennelly Business Law

Attorney Ben Williams has joined Kennelly Business Law.  Ben focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including representing both companies and individuals in contract, construction, real estate, trade secret, collection, and other business related disputes. He successfully represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court actions, arbitrations, and mediations. Ben was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. Ben graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2011. After graduation and until joining Kennelly Business Law, Ben practiced commercial litigation and general civil litigation with a large Fargo law firm. Click here to learn more about Ben. Contact Ben at [email protected] or at 701.478.4900.

Attorney Paul Campbell Publishes First Novel

At Kennelly Business Law, our team members love serving our clients.  But beyond providing legal services, they also have impressive skills, hobbies, and interests outside of the law.  One of those team members, Paul Campbell, is an attorney who focuses his practice on business and real estate transactions, business formation, contracts, and landlord/tenant matters. Along with other interests, Paul has a passion for writing.  His first novel, entitled Love's Will, was released on October 10, 2017.  This fiction novel is based on inspirational true events of overcoming adversity and finding new love through tragedy.  It is available for sale on Amazon at the link below. The entire Kennelly Business Law team is extremely proud of Paul for his this major accomplishment beyond his dedication to the legal profession. Check out Love's Will and let us know what you think. Stay tuned here for more member spotlights from the team at Kennelly Business Law!

Kennelly Business Law Named Best of the Best in Valley City

As summer draws to a close, we at Kennelly Business Law look to another significant milestone - we're celebrating one year in our Valley City office! Just last Fall, we announced that Kennelly Business Law had expanded to Valley City through the acquisition of Fitzner and Nelson, PLLP. That proud firm served clients through the Valley City region for decades, and Kennelly Business Law has taken serious the responsibility of upholding a proud tradition of legal services in Valley City. We have loved our first year in Valley City and have served a multitude of clients following the retirement of long-serving attorneys R. Jon Fitzner and Carol S. Nelson. To better serve a full spectrum of legal clients, our Valley City office moved to co-locate with our friends at Barnes County Abstract, allowing our clients immediate access to a variety of legal support services. Celebrating our first anniversary in Valley City certainly was exciting, but it was made all the more memorable by the recent announcement of being selected "Best of the Best" for Law Services by the Times Record. This prestigious selection is a humbling honor, as our team has worked hard to deliver for the Valley City community. We're proud to be part of the Valley City community and stand ready to help businesses in and around Valley City grow and succeed. Contact our business law experts today for help guiding your entrepreneurial growth, by calling 701.478.4900 or visiting to learn more!  

Bringing the Outside In

It seems like every day carries a new cost for business owners, whether it comes in the form of government regulations, increasing health care cost, or just the cost of goods sold. With so many business clients large and small, Kennelly Business Law knows the last unexpected expense any business leader wants to see is for legal services. At KBL we have formed and represented hundreds of local businesses, so we've really seen it all. That experience allows our team to work with business owners to help them understand the right level of legal support for their needs, as well as help plan and budget accordingly. For many businesses, it isn't necessary to have an in-house lawyer or legal team, and can rely on outside counsel from a firm like KBL to meet their needs without significant overhead. Here are a few general categories of levels of support for outside counsel various size and types of businesses might need.

Making the Complex Simple in Banking Law

For many business owners, the only thing more daunting than legal matters are financial matters. Combining those two complexities is the challenging world of Bank Law - a specialty that has become one of the most complex and daunting areas of law in recent years. While the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 placed new and more in-depth restrictions and disclosures for investing, the global economic crisis of 2008 resulted in the federal government enacting significant new regulatory restrictions and consumer protections in matters of banking and finance. These regulations make it even more important for banks to have proper representation to ensure compliance. At Kennelly Business Law, our business law practice has led us to the representation of banks and financial institutions.  In that capacity, we draft loan agreements, mortgages and other necessary documents to properly document complex transactions. That means our team must constantly learn and grow to keep up with the ever-evolving regulatory world governing these areas of practice. Some of the areas of specialties we've developed in this practice include:

North Dakota Top State in the Country for Startups

We know just how great it is to do business in North Dakota - our team of experienced lawyers has been helping business law clients here in the Prairie Rose State for decades. Beyond what we've seen for so long, others have begun to recognize it as well, as we noted in blog posts in March and April. So, it was no surprise last week when we read in the Forum that North Dakota was ranked the top state in the US for startups by the finance website WalletHub.    The WalletHub report and the Forum article noted that "North Dakota came in at No. 1 overall, earning high rankings for the average growth in number of small businesses (first), longest average work week in hours (second, tied with Wyoming) and industry variety (second). The state also ranked first for most accessible financing." We love reading news like this, because it means our home state in making smart policy decisions and enabling business growth, unleashing the economic potential of our clients, friends, family, and neighbors. It also means that every day, more and more North Dakotans are developing ideas into products and concepts into businesses. That's where we come in. Kennelly Business Law specializes in small businesses and startups, providing important guidance on how to form an entity to protect your assets, how to protect your intellectual property, and even just outside legal guidance to make sure that first sales order or investment is a contract in your best interest.. We love seeing businesses grow and thrive in North Dakota. Contact our business law experts today for help guiding your entrepreneurial growth, by calling 701.478.4900 or visiting to learn more!


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