While a deposition is a typical component of a legal case, the thought of undergoing such a process may be intimidating.
Deposition preparation is one way you may feel more in control of the situation before being interrogated by the opposing counsel. Preparation is simple continue reading for tips.
Here are four things to remember regarding your deposition:
Demeanor How you act during your deposition will be similar to how you act in the courtroom. Be courteous and respectful to the defense attorney who will ask questions and do not display angry outbursts or rant about a particular subject. Appear collected and calm.
Under oath Your testimony will be taken under oath and the penalty of perjury. You must tell the truth. By being honest, you do not have to worry about a perjury conviction.
Deposition content Attorneys will ask many questions and some may even appear irrelevant. However, something that may not seem relevant might be a roundabout way of gleaning important information.
Volunteering information – Do not volunteer information and answer all questions so that you can be heard. If you are unsure about a question or it is not clear, ask for clarification. If you can keep your responses to a yes or no, do so.
Guessing – Do not guess. Always strive for accuracy and if you cannot remember, say so. It is worse to estimate and then go to trial and be portrayed as someone who is not truthful.
Objections Take a moment to think before you respond to a question. This gives your attorney time to object to a question he or she thinks is out of line. If you must answer the question, wait for a notification from your attorney to continue. If your lawyer says not to answer a certain question, do not.
Being faced with a deposition in a case may be a bit scary. Remember that they are a standard part of the discovery process.
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