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How Do Court Reporters Transcribe?

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Court reporters are a regular part of litigation and all court proceedings. Many trained litigators, however, couldn’t tell you how court reporters actually operate. Professional court reporters are more than experienced typists–they utilize expertly-honed skills and rely on specialized equipment to accurately transcribe fast-paced, complex dialogue in real-time. Continue reading to learn about how… Read More »

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Deposition Questions in a Probate Case

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Debates over the proper distribution of a person’s estate can get heated and confrontational. As experienced probate attorneys know, probate matters mix finances and emotional distress into a particularly inflammatory concoction. The issues to a particular probate case may vary from interpreting terms in a will, to establishing a potential beneficiary’s relationship to the… Read More »


Deposition Questions for a Personal Injury Case

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Personal injury law covers a wide range of matters, but they generally all boil down to proving (or disproving) four elements: Duty, breach, causation, and injury. Personal injury plaintiffs often rely on demonstrating negligence to show duty and breach, tie that negligence to the underlying incident, and work to prove that the event actually… Read More »

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Deposition Questions in an Employment Case

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There are various types of employment litigation, including workplace discrimination, wage and hour cases, and retaliation. Many employment cases involve allegations that an employee was wrongfully terminated, either because of their membership in a protected class or because they blew the whistle about some inappropriate or illegal conduct by their employer. The case may… Read More »

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Key Questions Asked in Divorce Depositions

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Divorce litigation can be tricky and contentious. Depositions of the parties involved in a divorce can be critical in reaching a favorable settlement or court decision concerning matters of property division, child support, alimony, and child custody. Below we identify a few of the critical areas for questioning we have observed in successful divorce… Read More »

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How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout

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The practice of law is one of the most stressful professions in the modern world. Lawyers are at high risk of developing problems with alcohol, as well as mental disorders, including anxiety, stress, and depression. Many lawyers feel burnt out after practicing for some time, having spent years dealing with the stress caused by… Read More »

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Effective Closing Arguments for Lawyers

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Our experienced court reporters have seen the best (and worst) of lawyer performances. Watching a jury respond to a truly captivating and compelling closing argument is immensely satisfying. Conversely, there are few things as frustrating as watching a strong case fail to convince a factfinder because the legal team failed to adequately demonstrate their… Read More »

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Features of a Reliable Court Reporter

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Accurate, reliable transcripts are a key part of any legal case. When you are looking to retain a court reporter, you need someone in the room that you can trust to faithfully reproduce exactly what is said, and to do so discreetly, professionally, and efficiently. A good court reporter allows you to focus entirely… Read More »

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How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for a Deposition and Testimony

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Expert witnesses can be a key element in a variety of lawsuits, from financial experts in securities litigation to medical experts in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Some experts have been put through the proverbial litigation ringer many times and operate as experts for a living. Other experts are newer to litigation and may simply… Read More »

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Helping a New Attorney Learn to Conduct Successful Depositions

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Conducting a successful deposition is a skill that most lawyers spend their entire career honing. While no attorney will depose a witness perfectly on their inaugural effort first-chairing a deposition, there are several strategies that more senior attorneys can use to help newer associates learn how to conduct a deposition. Read on to learn… Read More »