5 Tips on How to Prepare for a Deposition

The deposition is critically important to a case, and every attorney, even the ones with experience, must prepare beforehand for a deposition. During the preparation, deposition attorneys should explain to their client what the deposition will require, what to expect, where it will take place, who will be present in the deposition room and their responsibilities. Take all the time you need to learn all you can about what your client knows and remembers about the case and how he or she should testify under oath. The following tips will guide you through the process of preparation for a successful deposition.

#1 Prepare mock Q&A for your client. Ask your client all the questions you think the opposing attorney will ask. Make sure that you go over particularly troublesome parts of the testimony.

#2 Review the pleadings, the discovery responses, and all the documents relevant to the case. 

#3 Emphasize to your client how different ways of saying the same thing can either help or damage the case. 

#4 Examine the applicable court rules, procedure, or limitation on depositions(time limits for questioning witnesses, rules on talking with your client, and allowable objections during the deposition).

#5 Remain professional, calm and confident. Remember that deposition is a discovery tool and not the actual trial. Focus on fact-gathering and understanding the other party’s case.


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AppearMe is a web and mobile application that works on a real-time and on-demand basis enabling you to accept deposition requests anywhere in the country within 60 seconds. AppearMe offers you a nationwide connection and provides you an efficient and innovative tool that allows you to manage all your depositions in one place. Sign up to be able to accept hundreds of depositions requests monthly.  

Once you sign up and pass the verification process, you will receive deposition requests through the website or our mobile application. Each relevant deposition will be delivered to you via emails and push notifications. You can accept depositions whenever you want and get paid immediately after completing the request. 

All you need to do is download the mobile application from the App Store or Google Play or sign up to AppearMe using the website. Registration is free of charge. Feel free to invite your fellow attorneys to join the AppearMe network. We will reward you with $40 for each sign-up to the platform.

In case you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 900-3080 or send an email to [email protected]. Our 24/7 customer support service would love to answer all your questions and provide support if needed. 


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