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How to Control a Deposition Without Being Controlling

The attorney taking the deposition usually controls the proceedings. But the best way to take advantage of this control is to hold onto it loosely.

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How Soon Can You Seek a Deposition?

Before you serve a deposition notice, make sure your timing complies with the statutes.

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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.

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3 Questions to Ask Every Expert Witness at Deposition

three questions to ask an expert witness in a depositionAt an expert’s deposition, questions are primarily focused on the expert’s qualifications and opinions. But don’t forget to ask these three questions—you may be very pleased with the responses you get.

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Can You Depose by Skype?

Can you depose via Skype? Short answer: Yes. But make sure that you follow the rules.

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How to Depose Depends on Your Goal

The first thing to do in preparing for a deposition is to think about your goal—what are you trying to achieve with this particular deposition? Your goal should be reflected in your conduct toward the deponent and the scope of your questions. Here’s a look at how three common deposition goals should play out.

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5 Areas for Questioning an Expert at Deposition

Regardless of an expert’s particular specialty, there are five areas that apply to the questioning of most expert witnesses at deposition.

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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.

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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.

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8 Tips to Maximize Interpreter Effectiveness

Once you find a qualified interpreter, apply these eight tips to maximize the interpreter’s usefulness in court or at trial.