Divorces can be complex matters, often times involving extensive discovery.1 One key to obtain information in divorces is by depositions. Depositions are unique in that they require you to actively participate with the attorneys. Depositions require a large amount of involvement on the part of the client, it is important to have a basic understanding of depositions and what to expect. In this blog, we provide five tips for a deposition in your divorce case. Tell the Truth. While it may seem like a cliché, the first tip for a divorce litigant going into a deposition is to tell the truth. To ...
July 29, 2020CD
When you are a party in civil litigation (you are suing or being sued), it is common to receive a subpoena for your deposition. This means your opponent is on a “fishing expedition” to find out everything you know about the issues involved in the case. This process is done before a court reporter and you are asked all sorts of questions. Depositions are different than testimony at trial since the opposing counsel can ask a much broader scope of questions at a deposition if they might lead to admissible evidence.1 Keep in mind that your deposition testimony can significantly ...
October 3, 2018CD
Depositions are a way of gathering information about a case that actually involves your active participation with the attorneys. Most other forms of discovery are just through mail or electronic without both (or several) attorneys or a court reporter (who takes the deposition). A deposition is unique in nature because it allows questions to be asked of you and questions on responses that you cannot prepare for in advance. This blog covers five things you should know before you are deposed. Having this information in advance will allow you to provide more accurate or complete answers, advancing your case. Alternatively, it ...
February 8, 2018CD
Depositions of parties and third persons is common in litigation. In court a deposition may be used to impeach one’s credibility if they change their story or if they are unavailable for trial testimony. That said deponents sometimes do not know whether they should review their deposition and why. Generally, reviewing your deposition and having the chance to note mistakes is important. What should you look for? First, are all of the facts you relayed correctly stated in your deposition. Did you misunderstand a question or give an answer that is not recorded correctly in the deposition because, for instance, you had ...
June 18, 2015Adam Hayes
In all forms of litigation, civil and criminal, depositions are a common form of “discovery.” Discovery is the process of obtaining information to prepare for trial. In a deposition, an attorney asks questions with the other attorney asking clarification questions to get an accurate answer. With a deposition, it is easy for a party to under- or over-answer questions. When this or other improper answer occurs, the attorney will object, but the witness can answer unless his or her attorney instructs him not to do so; an example where a litigant would be instructed not to answer is with assertion of ...
April 28, 2015Adam Hayes
Facial Express, Progressive Questions & Lack of Objections Under the rules of discovery, there are many ways to obtain information from the other side in domestic cases involving bitterly contested custody or significant asset cases. With a deposition, there are unique things that can be achieved; this is unlike any other form of discovery. Three are discussed. The first, unlike other requests for documents, is a face-to-face deposition: A deposition can give substantial insights into the other litigant’s body language, such as facial expressions, to see what and how he or she views a particular question or line of questions. There may be ...
November 27, 2012CD