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Edward Hopkins’s Legal Guides

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  • Defending Depositions: Attorney Objections

    This brief guide will help witnesses whose testimony will be taken during sworn depositions to better understand the reasons why attorneys make the objections they make during depositions.

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  • Defamation per se in Colorado: Falsely Alleging Someone Had an Extramarital Affair

    Colorado recognizes the tort of defamationper se. When someone is falsely accused of (1) committing a crime, (2) engaging in professional misconduct, (3) having a loathsome disease, or (4) engaging in sexual misconduct, the person who made the false accusation could be liable to ...

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  • How Should I Choose My Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Friends who live in states where my law firm does not practice law have asked me how theyshould choose their personal injury lawyers.My answer was simple: Hire the personal injury lawyer who cares most about you and your family. Most expected me to provide a longer answer, one th...

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  • Are Colorado Parents Liable for the Wrongful Acts of Their Children?

    The mere fact that a child (someone under 18 years old) has a parent (or guardian) will not make the parent liable for the child's wrongdoing. If a normal child commits an unforeseeable wrongful act that harms someone else despite his or her parent's reasonable supervision, then ...

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  • The Contingent Fee Agreement & Access to Justice

    "There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot." Derek C. Bok, American lawyer and former Harvard University President, A Flawed System, Harvard Magazine, May-June 1983. The contingent fee agreement empowers victims of others' negl...

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  • Exposing Nonverbal Lies on Cross-Examination

    The average juror interprets certain nonverbal cues as signals a witness is attempting to deceive the court. These nonverbal cues may or may not indicate the witnesss actual attempt to deceive. Indeed, scientific evidence suggests that the average juror would not consistently det...

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  • Warning - Do Not Text about Your Accident or Post about it on Facebook or Twitter!

    Believe it or not, the first thing some people do after they have been involved in an accident is text their friends or update their Facebook statuses. This can come back to hurt them if they are forced to file a lawsuit after pre-litigation settlement negotiations fail. Some mes...

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  • Defamed in Colorado?

    Defamation can be a serious offense. When someone's reputation is damaged, it can cause him or her serious economic harm and emotional distress. Professionals whose livelihoods depend on their reputations for good character, integrity, or trustworthiness, can lose their jobs, the...

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  • The Clock Could Be Ticking: Colorado Public Entity and Public Employee Notice of Claims Requirements

    If a Colorado state, county, city, or university organization or contractor, through the acts or omissions of one its employees or agents, could be a defendant in your personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, or wrongful death claim, the clock could be ticking. I...

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  • Texting While Driving is More than Merely Negligent

    Believe it or not, the first thing some people do after they have been involved in an accident is text their friends or update their Facebook statuses. This can come back to haunt them. Some messages people send through cell phones or social media sites can be discovered during l...

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