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Reasons Why Most PI Cases Settle

Over 95% of personal injury claims reach settlements rather than go to jury trials. Here are some reasons why…. When both parties exchange information/evidence they might present at trial (“discovery”), unpleasant surprises sometimes arise that could hurt their case. Also, those giving depositions may get flustered and utter something, or say too much, that complicates their situation. Lawsuits are expensive for seemingly straightforward cases, let alone complex ones. Time and expense add up for expert witness fees, investigation, document and...
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Turkeys have long been linked to Washington, D.C. (ahem, ahem). But the origin of the annual presidential Thanksgiving turkey pardon in the Rose Garden is frequently misrepresented. In the 1870s, Horace Vose, a Rhode Island poultry dealer, began sending Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys to the first family and reaped tons of publicity. He became the unofficial supplier for the next 40+ years, establishing the Turkey–White House connection. Harry Truman is often erroneously credited with the first turkey pardon. Truman was...
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Understanding Parenting Petitions in New Hampshire: Child Support & Asset Division for Unmarried Couples

If a couple is not married and has children together, they can file a Parenting Petition to resolve parenting time and child support issues. However, the Court does not have the authority to make orders regarding the division of assets and debts, personal property or the residence itself. If the parties are married, the Court can make such orders if a Divorce Petition is filed. The issue of the residence of the parties is simply who gets to stay. The...
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What is the Double Jeopardy Clause (Fifth Amendment)?

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that no person shall “be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb…” In other words, the government can’t prosecute or punish someone more than once for the same crime. Sounds simple enough, but there are some caveats to be aware of. Legally speaking, “jeopardy” refers to the risk brought by criminal prosecution. The government must place a person “in jeopardy” for the Fifth Amendment...
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Not Just Any Old Cemetery

The 639 scenic, tranquil acres that comprise Arlington National Cemetery were once owned by George Washington Parke Custis, the adopted grandson of our nation’s first president and the father-in-law of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The Union army seized the property at the outset of the Civil War to defend the capital. Custis’s grandson, George Washington Custis Lee, pursued legal avenues to reclaim the land in 1870, which he argued were confiscated illegally. In 1882, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed...
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EV Batteries: A Heavy Topic

Electric vehicles (EVs) are beginning to make a dent in the new-vehicle marketplace, having reached nearly 6% of purchases in 2022 (a 65% increase over 2021). The current administration has set a goal of 50% by 2030 in order to aid the environment. (But it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Read about the environmental impact of lithium mining to supply the batteries.) But one major, often overlooked EV issue concerns the weight of EV batteries. Depending on the type of...
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Christmas is a Decorated Holiday

Decorations create holiday ambience. Unfortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates they prompt 18,000 ER visits each holiday season. Falls account for about half of them. Ladders are often used for indoor and outdoor decorating. A ladder’s stability should be tested before using it. Inspect for loose screws, bolts, and hinges; damaged rungs, steps, and siderails; and grease, dirt, and paint. A ladder needs to be anchored on a flat, firm surface. Furniture is not a safe ladder substitute!...
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Three Things to Know if You are Considering a Divorce After 50

One of the most significant issues in a divorce later in life is the squeezed time frame to recover financially. A divorce means dividing assets with your spouse. Current market value is not the exclusive consideration of an asset. Some assets will become more valuable farther down the road. Deciding who gets the house is a primary example. Age triggers eligibility for tax exemptions and waivers for real estate tax. A reverse mortgage, which can offer a potential stream of...
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DWI Investigations

If you get pulled over and an officer wishes to conduct an investigation regarding a possible DWI (DUI) you are not required to do field sobriety tests prior to arrest. Any pre-arrest tests you may be asked to take are not mandatory. You will not lose your license for refusing any such tests. The requirement to take a field sobriety or blood alcohol test only applies after you are arrested. If you refuse at that time, the State will seek...
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What To Do If You Are Pulled Over For A DWI

If you are pulled over and an officer suspects that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs you are likely to be asked a series of questions. The manner in which you respond to those questions may determine what steps the officer takes. Typically the first thing you will be asked is if you know why the officer pulled you over. The officer asks the question in part to see if you will admit to certain behavior. Be...
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