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Web-Based Depositions: What You Should Know

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Scheduling depositions can be one of the most challenging aspects of discovery. Witnesses may be scattered across the country, making in-person depositions extremely costly. The person most knowledgeable on corporate policies for a large organization tends to be someone with an already-overburdened schedule, who may be unable to commit time to traveling to a… Read More »

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Ways to Minimize Interruptions during a Deposition

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You may take months to prepare for an important deposition, spending hours compiling and rehearsing a list of questions that you believe will produce a record that will support your motion or trial argument. While you’re in the flow of asking questions, few things are more apt to throw you off your meticulously planned… Read More »

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Tips for Deposing an Expert Witness

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Every variety of witness requires you as an attorney to bring a different set of skills to the table when deposing them. Deposing an expert witness can be particularly thorny. Read on to learn some tips on how to depose your opposing party’s expert witness below, and contact a seasoned Phoenix court reporter to… Read More »

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January Events

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Phoenix and Scottsdale are on fire in January.  It’s the place to be! Not only is our weather by far the best in the country this time of year, but there is fun to be had on every corner! Barrett-Jackson is putting on The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona, right now… Read More »

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Rule Change! Court Reporters No Longer to Tell Witnesses about their Right to Review the Transcript.

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The Rules of Civil Procedure on a court reporter’s duties to inform a witness of their rights after a deposition have been revised in Arizona. Read on to learn more about the rule change and how it affects counsel for a witness testifying in an Arizona deposition, and contact an experienced Arizona court reporter… Read More »

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Tips for Making the Most of a Telephonic Deposition

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Holding a deposition over the phone is never ideal, but it may be a necessary concession to time, distance, and budgetary constraints. Advances in technology have made telephonic depositions a better option than ever before, but there are still ways that attorneys and court reporters can make telephonic depositions more successful. Read on to… Read More »

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When An Objection Is Objectionable

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Ask any attorney who’s been involved in litigation for any length of time, and they can tell you about depositions where it seemed like the defending attorney did more objecting to questions than their client did answering them. Objections are a critical tool in depositions, and litigators are permitted to make strategic use of… Read More »

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How to Make a Clear Record During Your Deposition

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Conducting a deposition requires you to exercise certain skills that don’t come up during an average interview. As the deposing lawyer, it is important to keep in mind the fact that your goal is to have a written record that accurately reflects the deposition as it occurred. Read on to learn about how to… Read More »

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Four Tips on Using an Interpreter for a Deposition

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If you’ve never used an interpreter while interviewing a witness in a deposition or during trial testimony, the experience can feel jarring and distracting. By knowing what to expect and how to plan, depositions that use an interpreter can still be productive. Below, find several suggestions on how to prepare yourself and your interpreter… Read More »

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Preparing your Client for a Deposition

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Even if your client has been involved in prior litigation, being deposed can be nerve-racking. Without adequate preparation, a deponent can seem defensive, dishonest, or, worse still, overly chatty. If you’re defending your client’s deposition, take the time to prepare the client following the suggestions below. Provide a rundown of events and what they’ll… Read More »