Services

At Smith & Strege Ltd., we offer a wide variety of services to our clients. When a legal issue arises, contact us, and we’ll put you in touch with an attorney best suited to address your needs. To learn more about the services we provide, click on the keywords below.

Arbitration and Mediation

These alternatives to litigation are becoming more and more popular. Our attorneys have participated in many arbitrations and mediations and have served as arbitrators themselves.

Business Planning

Smith & Strege Ltd. represents a variety of business and commercial clients in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The services we offer include:

  • Organization of business entities, including corporations, partnerships (both general and farming), limited liability companies, and other entities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Drafting and review of contracts
  • Sale agreements and leases
  • Loan documents
  • Planning for business succession

Collections

We handle collection work for many banks and businesses in the area. We constantly strive for quick, efficient results.

Criminal Law

The attorneys at Smith & Strege Ltd. are experienced in criminal matters, and we handle all types of infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Attorney Jason Butts is the public defender for the City of Wahpeton and for several local counties. He can also be retained in a private capacity.

Divorce and Family Law

Family law issues often involve difficult, painful decisions concerning major life events. The experienced attorneys at Smith & Strege Ltd. are here to listen attentively to your needs and to offer thoughtful, tailored solutions. We assist individuals and families with divorce, separation, property division, alimony, child custody, and child support issues. Smith & Strege Ltd. also offers mediation services to clients who seek a faster and usually less expensive means to work out their differences. Mediation is an informal and private way to work out differences in a manner that is acceptable to everyone involved.

Our attorneys can prepare prenuptial agreements to remove uncertainties and meet your individual needs.  Additionally, our attorneys handle guardianship and conservatorship matters when loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves.

Family law also involves very joyful events. If you plan on welcoming a new member into your family, we can assist you with adoption procedures.

Elder Law

Growing older often involves complex and stressful legal considerations. At Smith & Strege Ltd., our attorneys can assist you and your family with the following types of issues:

  • Estate planning and probate
  • Medical assistance and Medicaid
  • Guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated loved ones
  • Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney
  • Nursing home issues

Estate Planning, Wills, and Probate

Your family and financial goals are important to us. At Smith & Strege Ltd., we’ll work closely with you to develop an estate plan best suited to your needs. Estate planning can involve the transfer of assets, providing for the care of loved ones, transitioning a business, minimizing taxes, or benefitting charities. Our attorneys are experienced in drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and we can help you make important decisions involving the future.

Our office also provides probate services in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. We can also assist with the managing of estates in other states in which our clients own property.

Personal Injury Claims and Insurance Settlements

Accidents can be heartbreaking. At Smith & Strege Ltd., we can help you through the aftermath of an accident. Whether your property has been damaged, you have been injured, or you have lost a loved one, we can help you determine and enforce your rights.

Oftentimes, determining your rights involves complex insurance and compensation questions. We can help you deal with insurance adjusters, determine your legal rights, and help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries. While an accident can never be undone, monetary compensation can ease the burden of stress and expenses that stem from an accident.

Our attorneys and staff are privileged to help you during this difficult time. At Smith & Strege Ltd. we aggressively work to obtain compensation with the sensitivity you deserve.

Real Estate Matters

Smith & Strege Ltd. offers a wide variety of real estate services to individuals, businesses, private lenders, builders, and developers. From routine conveyances to complex sales, our attorneys handle all matters in achieving your real estate needs. We regularly assist clients with the following real estate matters:

  • Residential and commercial transactions, including leasing, buying or selling of property
  • Oral bidding for lease or sale of property
  • Issuing title opinions
  • Real estate litigation involving landlord/tenant issues, boundary disputes, breach of contract, and defective construction

Tax Matters

At Smith & Strege Ltd. our attorneys can answer your questions related to individual, farm, partnership, corporate, gift, and estate taxes. We prepare most types of tax returns with a goal toward minimizing your taxes owed.

Trials and Litigation

At Smith & Strege Ltd. we understand that litigation is not always the best option. However, when litigation does become necessary, we work to resolve lawsuits in a skilled, effective, and efficient manner.