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Deposition Preparation

All clients experience anxiety in anticipation of being deposed by defense counsel.  Preparation for the deposition is very important in large part to minimize nerves.  Anxiety can be diminished by knowing what to expect and eliminating worry about even the simplest of things -- where to park, what to bring, how long it will take, what you should wear, whether you can request a restroom break, etc.  Be prepared that the initial questions will seem unnecessary, redundant and intrusive.  Stay calm and just answer to the best of your ability.

The first advice we always give to a client is to tell the truth.  If you are being deposed, you should always listen carefully to the question, pause, and think before you answer.  Be positive and precise, answering only the question answered.  Do not volunteer unrelated information and do not think out loud.  Do not exaggerate and do not go off on a tangent.  Remember to focus and pay attention.  Be courteous, even though you may not feel like it, and be polite.  Never use inappropriate language to answer a question.  Do not speculate, guess or assume.  If you do not know the answer, say that you do not know, or you do not remember.  Remember that depositions are always disconcerting for the one being examined.  The importance of preparation with your attorney cannot be overstated and will go a long way in calming your nerves.

Categories: Personal Injury

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