Do's and Don'ts of a Deposition

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What is a Deposition?

A deposition is a witnesses' out-of-court testimony.  A deposition can consists of written or oral questions that another attorney asks you during the discovery phase of a civil trial.  What you say during a deposition will be reduced to writing and then used at trial.

What Things Should I Do if I'm in a Deposition?

Because a deposition can have a huge impact on the outcome of a trial, it is very important for you do the right thing.  Generally, if you are in a deposition, you should:

What Things Should I Not Do if I'm in a Deposition?

Again, because a deposition can have a huge impact on the outcome of a trial, it is very important for you not to do the wrong thing.  Generally, if you are in a deposition, you should not:

Do I Need an Attorney For my Deposition?

If you are subpoenaed for a deposition, it is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney.  The other lawyer may not be on your side, and it is important for someone to be at the deposition who is looking out for your interests.  Only an attorney will be able to adequately prepare you for a deposition and help protect your rights.

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Last Modified: 04-22-2011 03:46 PM PDT

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