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Four Things that a Witness Should Know about Testifying at Trial

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Getting a witness ready to testify at trial requires hours of time spent preparing and practicing. While there is much for a witness to know about testifying at trial, you’ll find a list below of some important aspects of testifying that your client should understand before getting on the stand. Contact a skilled Arizona… Read More »

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Six Tips to Ensure Your Deposition Runs Smoothly

By Ottmar & Associates, Inc. |

Even in the best of circumstances, a deposition can mean a long and draining day for everyone involved. There are ways that you can make the next deposition you take run more smoothly and productively by planning ahead on how you’ll respond to issues that are sure to arise. Read on for several deposition… Read More »

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List of Final Five Nominees for Arizona Supreme Court Passed to Gov. Ducey

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A commission appointed to interview and recommend nominees for the vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court has reached a final list of five nominees. The list has now been passed along to Gov. Doug Ducey. The final list reflects months of work for the commission tasked with the job, including some controversy over one… Read More »

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Upcoming Video Deposition? Here are Tips on Some Behaviors to Avoid.

By Ottmar & Associates, Inc. |

Video depositions offer unique benefits that aren’t available if you opt only to use a written record of a deposition. They’re much more captivating records of testimony to present to the court if the witness is unable to testify at trial. When showing that a witness has contradicted prior testimony offered in a deposition,… Read More »

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The Benefits of a Mock Trials – Maximizing Your Success

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Courtroom trials have become a rare event in the life of a civil litigator, and even lawyers who have spent years in the field may have never gone to trial on a case. Mock trials can be an extremely valuable tool to prepare you and your team for an upcoming trial, even offering benefits… Read More »

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3 Productivity Tips for Lawyers in 2019 – Ottmar & Associates

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The new year is a time when many of us take a look back at the year that has ended and the year ahead. It’s a chance to ask ourselves about the habits or practices we want to leave behind in the year that has ended, and the ones we would like to develop… Read More »

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Need Your Deposition Transcript Fast? Here are Some Tips on Getting an Expedited Transcript

By Ottmar & Associates, Inc. |

Whether due to scheduling conflicts, litigation emergencies or flaky deponents, there are countless reasons why a deposition may need to be rescheduled numerous times before it can finally be taken. These delays can mean that the taking attorney is up against a tight deadline for which they’ll need the transcript of the deposition, such… Read More »

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Taking Your First Video Deposition? Here’s a Pre-Deposition Checklist

By Ottmar & Associates, Inc. |

Filming a deposition can prove useful for a number of reasons. If the witness is elderly or in poor health and they may not be able to appear as a witness at trial, a video of their deposition can be far more effective to a jury than simply reading a deposition transcript. When you’re… Read More »

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Preparing for a Person Most Knowledgeable Deposition

By Ottmar & Associates, Inc. |

Depositions of persons most knowledgeable (PMK) from an organization or corporation, also known as a 30(b)(6) deposition based on both the federal and Arizona rules of civil procedure, can offer parties an opportunity to probe a wide range of subjects. If you’re the attorney representing the person most knowledgeable, it’s important to understand that… Read More »

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Is Your Law Firm Making the Most of Available Tech Tools?

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Managing a full case load while in the midst of discovery or litigation is a challenge for any attorney. Keeping up with the daily demands of legal practice often means making full use of tech tools and software systems that streamline or automate as many tasks as possible. This will free up your valuable… Read More »