It is important to be prepared for your deposition if it is taken in a personal injury case or divorce or business litigation matter. Your Wisconsin attorney will provide you with the following suggestions for a successful deposition:
- Review and provide all necessary documents.
- Schedule an appointment with your Wisconsin divorce attorney or personal injury attorney or business litigation attorney to review the deposition process.
- Arrive a few minutes early for the deposition to get acclimated and comfortable in your surroundings.
- You will be asked questions initially about basic data, such as name, address, marital status, education, work history.
- Tell the truth. Answer all questions with words, rather than gestures or sounds.
- Remember that the other party’s lawyer will be judging your credibility and demeanor and assessing your ability to testify successfully at trial.
- Don’t argue with opposing counsel. Let your attorney take that responsibility.
- Listen carefully to the entire question. Do not anticipate questions. Do not answer until the question is completed.
- Answer the question as succinctly as possible. If the question can be answered with a yes or no, provide that answer.
- Do not volunteer any information.
- If the attorney wants to know more, he or she will ask.
- If you do not understand a question, ask that the question be repeated.
- Take your time and carefully consider the question before answering.
- If you do not know or cannot remember the answer, say so.
- Do not guess. Do not let an attorney pin you down to anything you do not know.
- If opposing counsel mischaracterized something you allegedly said, correct him/her.
- If you need a break at any point, request one. You may talk to your attorney during the break.
Depositions generally help you resolve your case, so be prepared.