depostion be prepared shutterstock_22844281It 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:

  1. Review and provide all necessary documents.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your Wisconsin divorce attorney or personal injury attorney or business litigation attorney to review the deposition process.
  3. Arrive a few minutes early for the deposition to get acclimated and comfortable in your surroundings.
  4. You will be asked questions initially about basic data, such as name, address, marital status, education, work history.
  5. Tell the truth.  Answer all questions with words, rather than gestures or sounds.
  6. Remember that the other party’s lawyer will be judging your credibility and demeanor and assessing your ability to testify successfully at trial.
  7. Don’t argue with opposing counsel.  Let your attorney take that responsibility.
  8. Listen carefully to the entire question.  Do not anticipate questions.  Do not answer until the question is completed.
  9. Answer the question as succinctly as possible.  If the question can be answered with a yes or no, provide that answer.
  10. Do not volunteer any information.
  11. If the attorney wants to know more, he or she will ask.
  12. If you do not understand a question, ask that the question be repeated.
  13. Take your time and carefully consider the question before answering.
  14. If you do not know or cannot remember the answer, say so.
  15. Do not guess.  Do not let an attorney pin you down to anything you do not know.
  16. If opposing counsel mischaracterized something you allegedly said, correct him/her.
  17. 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.