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TIPS FOR TESTIFYING IN A DEPOSITION OR IN COURT

Posted by Ann Saponara | Dec 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

TIPS WHEN HAVING YOUR DEPOSITION TAKEN OR WHEN TESTIFYING IN COURT

  1. Always tell the truth.
  2. Understand the question.  If you do not understand it or if the question is confusing, say so.
  3. Listen to the question and take a moment to consider your answer, and make sure you are answering only the question asked.
  4. Do not get angry.
  5. If shown a document, definitely take the time to read it before talking about it.
  6. Be polite and respectful.
  7. Correct any mistakes immediately.  If you misstate something or remember the answer later, be sure to go back and      correct your response as soon as possible.
  8. If you are in court and an attorney objects to a question, do not answer until the judge rules.  If the judge says      “overruled”, you should answer.  If the judge says “sustained,” you should not answer.  If you are not sure, you can ask the  judge whether or not you should answer.
  9. If you are in a deposition and your attorney objects, you should answer after the objection unless your attorney instructs you not to answer (which could happen, for instance, if your answering would violate the attorney-client privilege).

Litigation often involves your giving testimony in a deposition and/or in court.  Call the Law Offices of Ann Saponara for the support & advocacy that you need and deserve.

About the Author

Ann Saponara

About Ann Ann grew up in Fremont and attended UCLA as an undergraduate and Cornell Law School.  Ann has practiced law for 25 years, in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo & Santa Clara counties.  Her practice currently focuses on probating decedent's estates, trusts, trust administration and divor...

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