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Prepare Your Expert to Testify: A Checklist

533402213Whenever you have retained an expert witness to testify in your case—whether in deposition or at trial—you need to prepare yourself and the expert. Don’t just sit back and assume that the expert, who many have testified many times before, has it all worked out. You need to be up to speed on his or her testimony and to make sure the expert has enough information to be effective.

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4 Tips for Effectively Presenting Your Expert

ThinkstockPhotos-537972277You have an expert witness set to testify on your client’s behalf. Never undermine the impact your expert’s testimony can have on your case. Don’t let him or her bore the jury—present your expert in the most positive and effective light possible.

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Deposing the Doctor: Why Do It and How Much Will It Cost?

ThinkstockPhotos-79085832In cases in which there are medical issues, you’ll need to decide whether to depose the treating physician. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make this call.

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They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

183145432When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about the evidence. Such experts know all about electronic devices and data storage and retrieval, but they don’t necessarily know how to clearly relay that knowledge. It’s up to you to prepare your computer forensics expert to testify effectively.

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5 Things to Do Before Deposing an Expert

92419672Taking the deposition of an opponent’s disclosed expert entails more and different preparation than when you’re deposing a lay witness. Here are 5 things to do when prepping for an expert’s deposition.

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An Offer to Concede Your Expert’s Qualifications May Be a Trojan Horse

454360833When you start eliciting testimony on your expert witness’s qualifications, the other side may offer to “waive the testimony concerning qualifications” or concede that the witness is specially qualified to testify as an expert. It may seem like a gift horse—but it’s often a Trojan horse.

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Are Two (or More) Experts Better Than One?

sb10063567v-001Should you hire multiple experts on the same topic? There are some very good reasons to use this strategy.

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When to Get a Neuropsychologist on the Case

149463035When there are issues involving your client’s capacity or the existence of undue influence, you may want to get a neuropsychologist on the case to perform assessments and/or act as an expert witness.

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Consulting a Consultant

158183881Do you know the difference between a consultant and an expert witness? You should—it could be to key to a successful case.

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Surveying Survey Evidence

170588495Survey evidence can be very useful in some cases, but questions are growing about its reliability. By knowing the issues involved with surveys, you’ll be better able to successfully use or oppose survey evidence.