Most people sitting for a deposition are doing so for the first time. It’s not surprising, then, that questions often arise about the deposition process and how to handle it with confidence. Raza & Jones has put together a list of helpful tips for those giving depositions. Their team of attorneys has more than 30 years of combined experience representing clients throughout the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Below, they discuss three deposition pointers in more detail.
3 Deposition Tips From a St. Louis Attorney
1. Stick to Answering the Questions
A deposition is not a hearing. This is not your opportunity to tell your side of the story or to get opposing council to understand where you’re coming from. Don’t launch into a long narrative about what happened. Simply answer the questions posed with concise replies, thinking carefully before you respond, and don’t make small talk.
2. Make Eye Contact & Stay Calm
Averting eye contact makes you look awkward, suspicious, and unprepared. Connect with the lawyer you’re speaking to by looking into their eyes, just as you would at a job interview. The intensity of maintaining eye contact can be difficult to sustain, so breathe deeply and remain calm throughout the deposition.
3. Follow Your Attorney’s Lead
If your lawyer objects to a question you’re asked, stop talking immediately. Your attorney will then instruct you as to whether you should answer or if you should move on. Also, never reveal any privileged information shared between your lawyer and yourself. That is confidential material that should not be revealed to the party deposing you.
A deposition can be a stressful experience, so make sure you have all the legal support and resources you need before you sit down with opposing counsel. For quality legal representation and mediation services, trust the attorneys of Raza & Jones. Call (314) 449-8830 or visit them online to schedule a consultation today. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on important news and information.