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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 »

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Four Tips on Taking a Successful Deposition

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You have the date chosen, the court reporter selected, and the conference room booked for your upcoming deposition. Now it’s time to ensure that you’re as prepared as possible to conduct your deposition. Below you’ll find some guidelines on eliciting helpful testimony at your upcoming deposition. Figure out your goals for the deposition: In… Read More »

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The Pros and Cons of Videotaped Depositions

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When you’re making arrangements to depose witnesses in a case, you may be weighing the option of videotaping your deposition.  Video depositions can bring certain advantages and disadvantages, both in terms of logistical and financial issues as well as ones going toward the ultimate success of your case. Read on to learn about some… Read More »