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Handling a Deposition

Posted by attorney Howard Lewis
Filed under: Divorce

If your spouse's lawyer takes your deposition, answer the questions clearly and concisely. If you don't know the answer, say so. If you don't understand the question, ask for it to be repeated or restated. Answer only the question that's asked, and pause briefly before giving your answer to give your lawyer time to object. Do not volunteer information. Do not give narrative explanations that provide more information than needed. This may seem simple, but it can be very difficult. You may feel like you have to explain an answer. Don't! If you stick to the questions, your lawyer can give you guidance and object to questions she believes to be improper. Your lawyer can advise you not to answer a question, but your lawyer can't protect you if you blurt something out.

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