How to SAVE MONEY preparing your Discovery
How to best prepare your Discovery when providing it to your Attorney for maximum efficiency and cost-saving tips and tricks!
Answer EVERY Category RequestedIf you are provided a list of documents that you are asked to produce discovery for, make sure that you provide a response to EVERY SINGLE category, even if no documents exist for that category. If documents don't exist, state that they don't exist! It is important that you provide an answer. If your attorney has to come back to you and ask for an answer you could have simply provided in the first place, you are wasting money that could be used on more important things! Also, the more detailed your response, the better!
OrganizationThis is where you will save the MOST money. The more organized your discovery is when you turn it in to your attorney, the less time they will spend putting it together the way that they need it for trial/mediation/hearings/etc. When an attorney gets in a stack of documents that are out of order, and not organized, they must take their time to put those documents back into place before they can even start the process of arranging them into the way that they need the documents arranged. This takes time, and time costs money! Organization is the task that takes the MOST time, which costs the MOST money!
BE THOROUGHIf you are asked for a certain date range, it is for a reason. Provide that date range! Follow the directions exactly. If your Attorney has to come back to you and ask you for more discovery because you did not follow directions and provide the correct date range the first time, this costs you MONEY. It may also cost you even more money if you miss a deadline and a Motion to Compel is filed against you. ALL of these issues can be avoided by simply following the directions and providing the discovery that is requested of you.