Depositions can take place in differing venues, depending on the nature of the case. While depositions usually take place in the office of the deposing attorney opposite your side of the claim, they may also take place in a neutral venue provided by the attorney or another party. The majority of depositions, however, take place in the office of the Court Reporter documenting the testimony.
Since depositions are no walk in the park, it’s vital that attorneys do whatever they can to help their clients feel prepared before their testimony. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to help calm your nerves and help you put your best foot forward during a deposition.
How to Prepare for a Deposition
Calm Your Nerves
As previously mentioned, depositions aren’t fun. As a party being deposed, you are likely to face a barrage of difficult questions, which are sure to fray your nerves. By working closely with your attorney, they can help you further understand the deposition process, how it works in Florida, and what you can expect.
Make Sure Your Attorney Reviews All the Relevant Documents with You
Preparedness is the ultimate anxiety calmer, and this is especially true for depositions. Most depositions involve large quantities of documents. The best way to be fully prepared for your deposition is to ensure your lawyer walks you through all of the relevant materials, so you are fully informed on the types of information and lines of questioning you are likely to experience.
Having the knowledge of the relevant information is one thing, but being fully aware of what a deposition entails is critical to remove any doubts and fears you may have. Before your deposition, ask your attorney to put you through a test deposition, where they can ask you the types of questions you can expect in the actual deposition. A dry-run is the best way to become accustomed to the deposition process, so you aren’t confused on the day of the actual event.
Remember, Never to Let Your Guard Down
While it’s essential to become acquainted with the deposition process, it’s also important not to become comfortable. Always make sure that while you are being as truthful as possible, that you do not let your guard down. Keeping your guard up means not volunteering information and instead, answer all questions as simply and honestly as possible. If there is a yes/no question, directly respond accordingly. Always take your time when responding – don’t rush your answers and make statements that are inaccurate or dishonest.
Contact an Experienced Litigation Law Firm Today
Following these simple tips, you should be ready to handle the most difficult of deposition cases. If you are considering litigation, make sure you contact an experienced Florida corporate attorney. Eskander Loshak has a combined 15 years of experience in all facets of corporate law. Our representation is custom-tailored to fit the needs of your business and to help get you the results you are seeking. Contact Eskander Loshak today at 954-334-1122.