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Who Can Be Served with Interrogatories?

Interrogatories are powerful—they allow you to ask questions and then use the answers at trial. But you’re limited as to who you may serve with interrogatories. Here are the four main categories of who can be served with interrogatories.

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Should You Amend Your Interrogatory Responses?

It’s not required that a party amend interrogatory responses to reflect information the party got after responding, but there are situations in which a party may want to do just that.

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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?

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6 Reasons to Use Interrogatories

ThinkstockPhotos-494315642Interrogatories are the discovery workhorse, with at least six major strengths. Consider the following benefits of propounding interrogatories as you plan discovery for your case.

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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.

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6 Things to Know About Interrogatory Responses

ThinkstockPhotos-158217439So, you’ve been hit with interrogatories. Before you start working on responses, review these 6 points.

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Timing Your Interrogatories

170189536Interrogatories can be a very powerful discovery tool. With interrogatories, you get to ask questions of adverse parties and then use their answers against them at trial. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by bungling the timing of your interrogatories.

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Give Discovery Responses a Formal Introduction

136727429Many attorneys mistakenly believe that answers to interrogatories and requests for admission are automatically in evidence after they’re lodged with the court. Not so! First, you’ve got to formally introduce them into evidence.

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7 Rules for Drafting Interrogatories

152110530When drafting special interrogatories, you apply the same basic principles as all legal documents: strive for clarity and brevity, choose language carefully, and avoid vague descriptions. But there are also some special statutory requirements and drafting considerations to keep in mind.

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Discovery by the Numbers

When planning your discovery, you need to know all the key numbers, i.e., the numerical limitations on the various discovery methods. Here’s a handy overview so you will know how much is too much under California’s discovery statutes.