Giving an Effective Deposition


      A deposition is a discovery tool used to discovery facts during litigation. A deposition is a question and answer session taken in front of a court reporter.  All the questions and answers are taken down and can be transcribed at a later date if needed.   If you have an attorney, your attorney will be present and will be able object to questions but only in limited situations.  The person being deposed is the most important person in the deposition.  

      When asked questions, answer them truthfully.   Listen carefully to the question and do not answer more than is asked.  For instance, if the attorney asks if you graduated from high school.  The answer is “yes” not “Yes, I went to Mosely”.  Do not allow the attorney to set the tempo of the deposition.  If the attorney begins asking questions quickly, then do not answer right away.  Count to thirty and then give the answer.  If you do not understand a question, say you do not understand.  If you do not know the answer, respond that you do no know.  If you did not hear the question, ask the attorney to repeat the questions.  Do not estimate, guess or otherwise make up a response to give an answer.  

      These are a few simple techniques that my help you when giving a deposition.  This is not inclusive and your attorney may have other tips for you.   Always talk with your attorney before giving a deposition.

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