Legal Services

Family Mediation

Resolving a divorce or parenting action through mediation rather than litigation will save time, money, and emotional strain. With mediation, the future of a family unit can be determined in a collaborative, rather than adversarial manner.



 Post-Judgment Matters

 Grandparent and Third-Party Visitation Rights

Adoption & Surrogacy

We have extensive experience in adoption law and our firm loves to be a part of your growing family. Whether we’re working hand-in-hand with an agency or navigating complex adoption laws through the Indian Child Welfare Act, your family is our priority.

  Surrogacy Agreements

 Step-Parent Adoptions


 Termination of Parental Rights

Family Law

We have successfully resolved complex divorce cases involving a wide variety of business entities, oil and gas interests, and more. As for parenting responsibility actions, the focus always remains on the best interests of the children. When settlement is the best option for the clients, cases can be resolved in a cost-effective manner, and clients may never have to set foot into a courtroom. When trial is required, we carefully analyze the entire case, focus on the client’s specific goals, and successfully guide our clients through litigation.



 Modification of Court Orders

 Prenups: Premarital and Post-marital Agreements

 Grandparents’ Rights and Third-Party Visitation Rights

  Post-Judgment Issues

 Contempt and Order to Show Cause

 Domestic Violence Protection Orders

 Restraining Orders


Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime is scary, intimidating and isolating. Our extensive criminal law and courtroom experience makes us an ideal choice to protect your rights. We’re here to fight for you.


 Misdemeanor Offenses

 Felony Offenses


Oil & Gas

We have extensive experience in completing mineral and surface title opinions, curing title matters and other mineral ownership issues. We have handled quiet title actions, both at the district court and appellate levels.

 Title Examination

 Resolving Title Issues

 Quiet Title Actions




After the death of a loved one, you have enough to deal with. Whether it’s complex oil and gas probate, or a simple informal probate, we’ll handle the law and you can concentrate on your family. At Elsberry & Shively, we take pride in guiding our clients through the North Dakota and ancillary probate process in a cost-effective manner.

 North Dakota Probate

 Ancillary Probate

 Informal Probate

 Formal Probate

Additional Services

As a full-service law firm, we’re prepared to discuss with you any of your legal needs. If we can’t help you, we’ll get you in touch with someone who can.