After the question is asked you can object on grounds of relevance, ambiguity, harassing, invasion of privacy, privilege and many other grounds. However, you must answer despite objection except if it invades a legal privilege.
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While the Rules vary somewhat State to State, you generally can object to questions that deal with the form of the question (example: compound question, repetitive questions, questions that have been asked and answered already). You would then likely still have to answer after "preserving" your objection on the record. The lawyer on the other side may state that they will agree to the "usual stipulations". This basically means that you are reserving objections that deal with the rules of evidence for trial (such as hearsay).
This is really an involved area and you would be best served to consult with an attorney who is licensed in your State.
You can *object* any time the question would be objectionable at trial or for discovery purposes. However, the only time you can refuse to answer a question is (a) if the answer would be privileged (attorney-client, doctor-patient, etc.), or (b) if there is either an order limiting the scope of the deposition already in place, or you terminate or suspend the deposition in order to get such an order. It would have to be an extreme situation to do that.
You should consider hiring counsel. Do not try to litigate a case in anything other than small claims court on your own.
I agree that you should consider hiring an attorney to represent you during the deposition. Knowing when to object requires and understanding of many complex rules, and as other attorneys have said, the objection is not ruled on until a later time so you will have to answer the question anyway unless you will incriminate yourself or some other rare exceptions.
If you are representing yourself, go to the law library at the DC Law Library or the Library of Congress Law Library. Both are open to the public.
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