Tim Richard obtained his law degree in 1997 from the University of North Dakota School of Law.  During law school, Tim was a member of the Board of Editors for the North Dakota Law Review and a member of the Environmental Law Society, where he participated in a national environmental law moot court competition.  Tim is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for the top 10% of a graduating law school class.  After graduating from law school, Tim served as a law clerk to federal Magistrate Judge Karen Klein in U.S. District Court in Fargo, North Dakota, before joining the Serkland Law Firm in 1999.  Tim has been a shareholder at the Serkland Law Firm since 2006.

Tim has extensive experience and expertise in Trusts & Estates, Real Estate and Business Law.  Tim helps numerous individuals, family farms and businesses with complex estate, tax and family and business succession planning issues, as well as real estate transactions, contracts and other business governance and operational matters.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and was  recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the 2023 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year in Fargo  and 2024 Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year in Fargo .  Tim is also a member and past president of the Red River Valley Estate Planning Council.  Tim has presented numerous programs and seminars to clients, attorneys and other professionals on estate planning, probate, real estate and business issues.

Tim grew up on his family’s farm near Fargo, North Dakota and is an avid outdoorsman.  He is the past president of the Dakota Southeast Chapter of Pheasants Forever, where he is active in many conservation projects and promotes youth hunting and shooting sports.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • North Dakota, 1997
  • Minnesota, 1998
  • South Dakota, 2018
  • U.S. District Court – District of North Dakota, 1999


  • Juris Doctor – University of North Dakota School (1997)

Honors: Order of the Coif and Best Oralist Award at the Pace University Environmental  Law Moot Court Competition

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics – North Dakota State University (1992)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Certified as an Accredited Estate Planner designee by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Red River Valley Estate Planning Council
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Pheasants Forever

If you would like to work with Tim, contact him today.