What Depositions Accomplish  The word deposition can sound complicated and intimidating. However, breaking down what a deposition is and what it accomplishes makes them far simpler. So, what do depositions accomplish? A deposition is the giving of testimony before a trial takes place. Depositions are done under oath, with the purpose of discovering the true and accurate testimony of witnesses, and accurately...

Can a Deposition Lead to a Settlement? Unless you are used to legal proceedings, the looming threat of a deposition is intimidating to say the least. To prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a deposition, you probably have a lot of questions.  So, can your deposition lead to an out of court settlement for the case? Yes, it can. Most depositions won’t...

Understanding the Deponents Rights During a Deposition Learning that you must take part in an upcoming deposition can be both stressful and intimidating. With so many unknowns, it can be hard to fully understand the situation. Although a good attorney will explain the deposition process to you, it is still important to educate yourself on your rights during the deposition. What are...

Do Depositions Become Public Record? Depositions are intimidating. If you aren’t acquainted with the legal system, you might feel anxious, panicked, or irrationally guilty at the thought of speaking out and being recorded. “Will what I say be seen by people I know?” “What if I say something wrong?” “What happens to my statement after the deposition is over?”  So, does your...

Is It Possible to Get a Copy of Your Deposition?  If you have recently been a part of a case and have endured the back and forth of it all, some things are almost certain to fall through the cracks. Keeping track of documents, bills and other important documents can be very difficult during this time.  However, it is important that you...

Are Legal Depositions Confidential? Leading up to a trial, there is a process of “discovery” that occurs on both sides of the case, where evidence and pieces of information are gathered so that strong arguments can be built up.  An important part of this process is the sworn testimonies that are given by both parties. Vital pieces of evidence are uncovered during...

Are You Under Oath During a Deposition? Participating in a legal deposition can be both intimidating and stressful. Since many of us have no prior experience with depositions, we can go into the meeting underprepared for what is to come. How seriously should you take your deposition? Does the information you share in the deposition directly impact the outcome of the...

What you need to know about reviewing your deposition   You finally made it through the deposition. The nerves didn’t beat you! You showed up and gave your statement, answering all the questions the lawyers asked of you with as much detail as you could remember. Now you’re wondering what comes next. What happens to your statement? If the case goes to...