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Are Closings Really That Important?Are Closings Really That Important?

Are Closings Really That Important?

Kirk Simoneau

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Well, conventional wisdom says you can’t win a case in closing, you’ve, at that point, already won or lost. I, as you know by now, disagree with conventional wisdom. I think you can save a case in closing.

Instructions for the JuryInstructions for the Jury

Instructions for the Jury

Kirk Simoneau

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Every judge in New Hampshire has his or her own preferred instructions. It’s not an easy feat to convince a judge your way is better. That’s why I suggest, as you’ll see in the example, that you separate your instructions so that it’s simple for the judge to add or subtract as convinced. 

The Perfect Opening StatementThe Perfect Opening Statement

The Perfect Opening Statement

Kirk Simoneau

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If you’ve done voir dire right, when you open the jury already feels they know and trust you. So, when you open you have a lot less work to do, but, bear in mind, retaining your credibility is key. If you overpromise your case, or mischaracterize the defense, you lose.

Exploring Biases in Voir DireExploring Biases in Voir Dire

Exploring Biases in Voir Dire

Kirk Simoneau

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Entire books have been written on voir dire, some good, some bad. Voir dire is important. In essence, voir dire has two prima1y focuses; to discuss bias and establish yourself as the “good guy”, the truth teller.

Let the Defendant CompareLet the Defendant Compare

Let the Defendant Compare

Kirk Simoneau

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New Hampshire is a comparative fault state. The burden of proof, of course, for demonstrating comparative fault lies within the defense and they can’t just argue it - they need evidence to prove it. 

Discovery in a Slip and Fall CaseDiscovery in a Slip and Fall Case

Discovery in a Slip and Fall Case

Kirk Simoneau

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There is little commentary one need make on discovery in slips, trips, and falls. Attached, you will find examples of an initial claim letter requesting fundamental discovery, intended to be sent to a landowner. You’ll also find sets of questions for various types of cases.

Tripping Over an Ethics ProblemTripping Over an Ethics Problem

Tripping Over an Ethics Problem

Kirk Simoneau

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And so, as it turns out, your client lied, or, at least, you’re pretty sure he lied.

So what do you do next if you are representing them? Learn more on our blog.

Leslie Nixon: A $100K VictoryLeslie Nixon: A $100K Victory

Leslie Nixon: A $100K Victory

Kirk Simoneau

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Leslie Nixon recently won a case involving a family that was visiting New Hampshire to attend a wedding. The family was staying at a dog-friendly hotel, since they took their furry friend with them. When one of their family members encountered a massive hole on the property… then another one did… then another. 

A Moral Victory: Know Your Rights Regarding InterpretersA Moral Victory: Know Your Rights Regarding Interpreters

A Moral Victory: Know Your Rights Regarding Interpreters

Kirk Simoneau

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Recently, Nixon, Vogelman, Slawsky & Simoneau P.A. settled a case that involved a domestic dispute in which the police were involved but didn’t act properly. Our attorneys helped our client receive the best possible outcome, but the true accomplishment came from a choice our client made after the case was over. Learn more!

Hearing from an Older Gentleman: What We're All AboutHearing from an Older Gentleman: What We're All About

Hearing from an Older Gentleman: What We're All About

Kirk Simoneau

Lawsuit Information Red Shoe Reader

I was at church a few weeks ago, as I usually am on Sundays, when something amazing happened. At the end of mass, I was approached by an older gentleman whom I’ve never met before.

Case Selection for a Slip and Fall CaseCase Selection for a Slip and Fall Case

Case Selection for a Slip and Fall Case

Kirk Simoneau

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Selecting a slip, trip, or fall case is often more about deselecting the wrong cases than selecting the right ones. Learn about some criteria for selecting a slip and fall case here.

The Basics of Trying a Slip and Fall CaseThe Basics of Trying a Slip and Fall Case

The Basics of Trying a Slip and Fall Case

Kirk Simoneau

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Ever wonder the basics of trying a slip and fall case? Our Kirk Simoneau breaks them down for you.

The $400K Broken LegThe $400K Broken Leg

The $400K Broken Leg

Kirk Simoneau

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Nothing’s worse than having an accident when you’re out trying to have a good time with your friends. This happened to one of our most recent clients. She was out at a “biker bar” having a good time and drinking with her friends when she ended up breaking her leg… 

How to Value a Personal Injury CaseHow to Value a Personal Injury Case

How to Value a Personal Injury Case

Kirk Simoneau

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Valuing a personal injury case is far more complicated than you’d think. Here is some information on factors that enter into whether a case is valid, and, ultimately, the resulting settlement. 

This article originally appeared in the New Hampshire Bar News in August 2018.

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