How do I prepare for a deposition? The process can sound scary to anyone who is not familiar with it, but a deposition is simply opposing counsel’s opportunity to dig for more information. The two most important things to remember are to first, always tell the truth. Second, if you don’t know the answer or don’t remember the incidents you are asked about, “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” are appropriate answers. Listen carefully to the question, take a moment to ask the question again in your head, then give a concise and honest answer; do not volunteer additional information. If a question contains an inaccurate statement, take the liberty of correcting the question before you answer it. At Vastola & Associates, your injury lawyer always prepares you for your deposition in advance with a personal, one-on-one meeting. Your lawyer will be right there with you throughout the deposition.
To summarize, remember these things:
- Your deposition testimony is sworn testimony that can be used against you at trial.
- The other attorney (presumably) already knows more about your case than you do and is seeking ways to defend against your claims.
- Tell the truth but do not volunteer information not requested.
- Never agree to false statements. Correct them before you answer.
- If you’re guessing, make it clear that you are guessing or estimating in your response.
- Dress in your Sunday best and be polite!