Alert Your Client to These Depo Issues

When preparing your client for his or her deposition, devote particular attention to explaining the following objectionable areas of inquiry and substantive law on those areas. Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Building Your Case with Social Media Info

The following is a guest blog post by Renee Galente Stackhouse. Renee is the founder and trial lawyer at Stackhouse, APC, where she focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury and military defense in San Diego. She is the immediate past President of California Women Lawyers, President of the CWL Foundation, Chair of the CLA SSF Section, and sits on the Board of the San Diego County Bar Association.

You would be surprised how easy it is to find public information on the Internet. Or maybe you wouldn’t, given the many stories of jobs lost and cases jeopardized by social media posts. Using Google and social media searches on parties and witnesses can be very helpful to your case, but make sure you don’t overstep. Continue reading

5 Areas to Cover When Deposing a Party

When taking the deposition of a party, make sure to cover these five areas. Continue reading

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