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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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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