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Depositions can be nerve racking, Use these steps to prepare and do well in a deposition.

A deposition can be nerve-racking for any person, including lawyers.  Here is a brief outline of things you need to know about the taking of a deposition.

First of all, the basic premise of a deposition is to allow the other party to ask questions about your injuries and your damages.  It is a question and answer format, meaning that a question will be asked and then an answer will be given.  You should allow the questioner to fully ask a question before answering so that you understand exactly what is being asked and only answer what is being asked.  This quickens the deposition process, does not volunteer information, and improves the communication level between the questioner and the person answering.

 Any time that you do not understand a question, you should ask that it be repeated or rephrased.  This is your right.  You are not obligated to interpret a question offered by the examiner.  Instead, the examiner must ask a proper question and a question that you understand and can answer.

 You should also never volunteer more information than what the question requires.  As an example, if the question is what color was the light as you were entering the intersection, you should only have one of four answers: red, yellow, green, or I don't know.  It isn't appropriate for you to explain how you know the color of the light, or what the color of the light was as you were approaching the intersection.  If the examiner wants to ask you questions about those issues, he or she can.

You should strive to be likeable.  Lawyers find it difficult to talk against a person who they like.  However, that does not mean you should be friendly.  An attorney that is examining you will like you if he asks a question and believes that you're being forthright and honest, and straight forward.

 Your attorney is there to protect you.  If your attorney objects, you should listen to the objection, and only answer the question if your attorney allows it.  If your attorney instructs you not to answer, you should not do so.

Lastly, you should have reviewed your testimony with your attorney before the deposition.  The testimony can be sorted and evaluated at that time, and any concerns that you have can be raised and discussed.  Some of the concerns that you may have, are simply not important to a case.  The deposition preparation will put you at ease and let you be yourself, and therefore is very important. 

Follow these steps, and you will find that your deposition moves smoothly and effortlessly.

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