Q: I am being slandered on line on a daily basis for over two years. Do I need a lawyer or can I go to the police?
For well over two years, on a daily basis, personal details of my life from 20 years ago have been posted on line and through e-mails by an in-law. I have been harmed at work, in my community, and with family and friends. This in-law is also slandering my mother, a cancer survivor who I am caring for and who is unable to fight this herself. I have lost job opportunities and have a continual battle with depression because of the ongoing slander and defamation. I do not know where to turn to get legal help.
A: I do not practice in New Hampshire, but your question has not been picked up in four weeks. I can’t speak for New Hampshire, but slander-libel is generally a civil matter throughout the United States. It is considered an intentional tort. Slander is generally verbal while libel is in writing. A consultation with an attorney could enable you to determine whether you have a viable case that would be cost-effective to pursue. Because intentional torts can have short statutes of limitations, you could in the very least learn the deadlines within which you would have to take action.
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