It is not the jury’s job to decide what really happened.  The reality is that they decide what the evidence submitted to them proves.  For that reason, you can’t afford to take comfort in the fact that the truth is on your side.  A winning personal injury case has to be built piece by piece out of the evidence you are able to present to...

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There is a recent phenomenon in the Family Law Courts in New Hampshire that can be described politely as gridlock.  There is no secret that the state’s resources for keeping the courts operating have been dwindling with the poor performance of the economy and accompanying decrease in state revenue.  People are not getting access to the court...

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My head spins when I consider all of the profiles and accounts I have online.  Chances are you are like me and have accounts with many of the following social networks or online services:  Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Snapfish, Amazon, iTunes, iCloud, Gmail.  In addition, an increasing number of people manage important accounts and services...

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As part of the “fiscal cliff” legislation passed earlier this month, Congress fixed the federal estate tax credit at $5.12 million.  This generally means that estates of individuals having less than $5.12 million at death will not be liable for any federal tax. Congress also extended the so-called “portability” of the credit that allows...

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Frequently, one of the most frustrating challenges in an injury case involves your doctor.  Only someone with a medical background can offer the required evidence about an injury, so your case requires the cooperation of your doctor.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for physicians to have lawsuit phobia.  He or she is happy to treat you,...

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As a practical matter, insurance coverage is essential to being able to obtain a recovery in a personal injury case. Without it, there is usually little to no ability to pay. Having to get a verdict and then chasing personal assets to get paid is almost always a losing proposition. Insurance is the business of agreeing to cover the cost of a...

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To properly prepare and try a relatively basic personal injury case involves something in the range of $25,000.00 worth of work.  The means that if the case is worth less than $75,000.00 it will likely cost my office more than we will be paid. Many of our clients have cases which have a value under $75,000.00.  Obviously, there are limits to...

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Many clients have an inspiring faith in our system of justice.  Even though their claim may be their first experience with the judicial system, they sometimes nevertheless have a firm conviction that the system will agree with whatever they’ve decided should be a fair outcome. Unfortunately, it is more complicated than that. One factor which...

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frivolous suits

In the intense adversarial environment which is litigation, even a just claim is a risky and difficult battle. Almost anyone who has litigated a valid claim understands that a frivolous suit is pretty certain to die a quick death. Sure, there is the occasional nut-job client who finds a lawyer to bring a nut-job claim.  And there are instances...

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We recently successfully concluded a case for a client who was seriously injured when his car was broadsided by a speeding police cruiser.  At the time of the crash, our client was driving through an intersection with a green light.  The cruiser was going through the intersection against a red light.  Two seconds before the crash, the cruiser...

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