How to Give a Good Deposition

Good-DepositionsUndergoing a deposition as part of a case is a routine procedure, but if it your first time, it can be stressful. Your attorney will prepare you to ease your nerves. Knowing what may to expect could help you be more focused and not be as anxious.

Here are five tips for giving a good deposition:

Prepare with your attorney Your attorney is knowledgeable about the deposition process and can put you through trial runs as well as inform you of what types of questions you will be answering. It is important to let your attorney know of any weaknesses in your case that you are aware of so that you can strategize.

Stay calm Dressing professionally and acting accordingly is necessary for the deposition process. A deposition is not the place to go off on a tangent, curse or speak in a derogatory manner. Make sure your body language is relaxed. Do not sit stiffly with your arms crossed. Instead, keep your arms relaxed.

Be direct When answering questions posed by the other lawyer, do not give more information than necessary and answer what is asked as concisely as possible.

Listen before replying This tip may seem obvious but it is a necessary one. After you are asked a question, pause briefly to give yourself a moment to think about your answer. It also gives your lawyer time to object. If your lawyer objects, do not respond until your attorney lets you know it is okay to continue.

Be honest Your credibility is at stake during a deposition. Being honest can be a sign of strength, not only during the deposition, but if the case goes to trial.

Our attorneys have years of experience working with clients who have gone through depositions. We will make sure that you are prepared well in advance so that you can put your best foot forward.