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New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys Selected a “Best Law Firm”

The New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC new hampshire personal injury attorneys are honored to have been selected a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Rankings for this recognition “are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.”

Experienced New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys

Attorneys Maureen Raiche Manning and Anna Goulet Zimmerman have a combined 50 years of experience representing those who have been injured through no fault of their own. They are joined in the practice of law by associate attorney Michaila Oliveira who handles divorce and family law cases at the firm.

There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2315, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or use the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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So Your Kids Want a Video Game. Now What?

The Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry

In this month’s Let America Know newsletter brought to you by the New Hampshire lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, we present information about video games, including the Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry.

Entertainment publishers are cranking out the big video game titles just in time for the holiday shopping season. Kids everywhere are hoping that the neatly wrapped gift underneath the tree is the latest release. For eight years running, video games have ranked as the third most requested holiday gift item.

But nearly 40 years after their invention, video games are still a mystery to many parents. This month’s You Should Know newsletter from the New Hampshire lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law is here to save the day by arming parents, grandparents and other family members with a guide to choosing video games wisely for the kids on their shopping lists.

Video Games are Still Going Strong

The video game exploded into mainstream entertainment nearly 40 years ago and is still going strong today. Game sales ($24 billion annually) regularly outpace movie box office sales ($10 billion per year). Gaming is also now more of a family affair than it was in the beginning. According to the Entertainment Software Association, 89 percent of parents are involved in their kids’ gaming. The association notes, “In barely more than a generation, video games transformed from a diversion for the few into a mass medium, helping people live, learn, work and, of course, play.”

Buying a video game is no longer a simple affair. As kids grew up, so did the content of many video games. Now parents wonder: What games are appropriate? How do you choose? When should kids start playing? And with the holiday season a frenzied time of year when retailers offer crazy discounts and major game releases, it can also be overwhelming for shopping-weary parents. For more information, see this Modern Parent’s Guide to Kids and Video Games.

 

The Constitutional Right to Justice

constitutional right to justiceSeptember 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The preamble of this most precious document states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The fundamental constitutional right to justice is guaranteed in the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights. It includes the cornerstone rights enshrined in the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The 7th Amendment and the Constitutional Right to Justice

Also in the Bill of Rights, adopted as the 7th Amendment, is the right guaranteeing all Americans a trial by a jury of one’s peers. History tells us that before 1688, English judges were servants under the King of England. These judges were often biased towards the King, and because of this, their rulings were not always fair. During the Act of Settlement of 1701, English judges won their independence from the King, but judges in the American colonies were still biased towards the British Crown. King George III got rid of trials by juries in the colonies which made colonists very upset and fueled the fire that led to the American Revolution. When the Framers wrote the Bill of Rights, they understood how important it was to have a fair court system, so they made sure that the right to trial by jury was a fundamental law of the new nation.

Unfortunately, powerful interests launched a campaign to erode the 7th Amendment through an effort known as “tort reform.” A tort is a legal term meaning civil wrongs recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit. These wrongs result in an injury or harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party. A strong effort was launched by these powerful interests, spending millions of dollars to lobby the Congress and the state legislatures to pass laws placing restrictions on the right of injured parties to hold the powerful interests responsible for their negligent conduct, including caps on monetary damages. The very same corporations who make millions and billions of dollars from those who consume their goods and services seek to limit their responsibility when their consumers are injured through no fault of their own. While the facts do not show that our trial by jury system needs to be altered, the powerful interests continue in their efforts to limit our constitutional right to justice.

Fighting to Protect the 7th Amendment

Fortunately, organizations such as Take Justice Back and Let America Know have fought back to protect the 7th Amendment, to ensure that all Americans continue to have the right to hold powerful interests responsible for their reckless and negligent conduct.  Our time-honored right of trial by jury, for which our revolutionary generation and the framers of our Constitution fought so hard, is vital to our democracy. Our Pledge of Allegiance concludes, “With Liberty and Justice for All.” Without the guarantees provided for in the 7th Amendment, the constitutional right to justice cannot be served.

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Manchester Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the Manchester injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 624-7200 for a free consultation. It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

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NH Divorce Lawyers Explain Collaborative Law

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Collaborative law is a process in which the parties in a divorce (or other family law matters) agree to work through the issues in dispute together, instead of looking to the courts for resolution through traditional litigation. After agreeing to proceed with the collaborative process, both parties will need NH divorce lawyers. The lawyers should be trained in collaborative law and will sign a participation agreement. As a part of the participation agreement, the parties agree that if they are unable to resolve their disagreements and resort to litigation, both parties will be required to obtain other NH divorce lawyers. This process ensures that everyone is working together collaboratively, without the threat of litigation.

In addition to attorneys, other professionals are often used in the collaborative process. A financial advisor might be retained to help sort through the finances to understand the consequences of certain financial decisions. A mental health professional might be involved as a coach to help with communication, conflict resolution or other issues. A parenting coordinator or children’s advocate may also be utilized. The attorneys and parties will work together to determine what professionals are needed and at what step in the process, in light of the specific requirements of a given case.

A primary benefit of collaborative law is allowing the parties to control what is going to happen in their case. Especially regarding children, no judge can know better than the parents what is going to work best for their children. Courts will issue orders believed to be in the child’s best interest. The end result, however, is often an order which neither parent believes is best for their family.

The collaborative process is intended to be cooperative instead of adversarial. As a result, the parties are often left with a much better working relationship. This creates the ability to more effectively co-parent their children. The children also benefit if their parents are able to work together without subjecting the family to stressful legal proceedings.

For more information, visit the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire or the International Association of Collaborative Law Professionals.

Contact Experienced NH Divorce Lawyers

If you are wondering whether collaborative law might be right for your case, call the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 624-7200 for a free consultation. We may also be reached by email at info@MZLawNH.com, or by using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.


Anna Goulet Zimmerman is certified as a collaborative law attorney and is a member of both the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire and the International Association of Collaborative Law Professionals. This allows Anna to handle collaborative law cases in addition to traditional litigation.