4 Things to Know About Discovery in a Limited Civil Case

Nearly every case in which the amount in controversy is less than $25,000 is a limited civil case. If you find yourself representing a party in a limited civil action, you need to know about the special discovery limitations in those cases and plan accordingly. Continue reading

Techniques Top Attorneys Use When Questioning an Expert

attorney going up a level in her deposition questioningWhen taking an expert’s deposition, you start with questions to learn everything that he or she thinks about the case and has done or plans to do in connection with it. Once that’s done, consider taking your questioning up a level with these three techniques. Continue reading

How to Get Clients Involved in Discovery

lawyer making hand gesture inviting client's participation in discovery decisionsBefore you start discovery, you need to have a plan. Your client should be an integral part of that plan. Here are four ways to get your client involved in discovery decisions. Continue reading

5 Steps to Preparing a Deposition Notice

typing out deposition notice on laptopOnce you’ve considered the advantages and disadvantages and have decided to take an oral deposition, you need to draft a written deposition notice. To make sure that you include all the required content, follow these five steps. Continue reading

Oops! What to Do When Privileged Material Is Inadvertently Produced

In the rush of document production, it’s always possible that privileged material will be inadvertently produced to the opposing party. What happens then? Is the privilege lost? Continue reading

3 Reasons to Take an Out-of-State Deposition

You can take out-of-state depositions for use in pending California state court actions under CCP §2026.010(a), but why would you take the time and expense of doing so? Here are three situations in which it might be your only option. Continue reading

How to Handle Improper Coaching at Deposition

One of the common problems at deposition is improper coaching of the deponent by counsel. If you’re the examining attorney, there are three steps you can take to handle this situation. Continue reading

Before Requesting Discovery, Have a Plan to Enforce It

When starting discovery, your focus is on the specific requests you will make. But don’t forget to have a plan to enforce your discovery efforts. Continue reading

Duty to Investigate Before Answering Interrogatories

looking_140478824Before you answer interrogatories, you have a duty to investigate. But what does that mean and how far do you have to go? Continue reading

3 Problem Areas for Interrogatory Responses

ThinkstockPhotos-527478227A party served with interrogatories under CCP §§2030.010–2030.410 has to respond by answering, producing writings, or objecting. And each answer has to be as “complete and straightforward as the information reasonably available to the responding party permits.” CCP §2030.220(a). Most often, this process is fairly straightforward. But there are at least three situations when responding to interrogatories may present a problem. Here’s how to skillfully handle them. Continue reading