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Suggestions For Preparing For Your Deposition

Attorneys use depositions as part of the discovery process to ask questions of potential witnesses in advance of trial. An experienced Tampa employment lawyer will prepare you before your deposition so that you have a good idea of what to expect at this question-and-answer session. A deposition is not an interrogation. Depositions are used to prepare for trial – specifically, to gather information and learn how potential witnesses will respond to questions.

What To Know About Depositions

Preparation is the key to feeling comfortable at your deposition. You will be asked a variety of questions regarding your case, which will be recorded by a court reporter. The best things that you can do to prepare are to make sure you have reviewed all the facts regarding your case and have attempted to get a good night’s sleep before the deposition. Your Tampa employment lawyer should meet with you in advance, too. Together, you will go over the specifics of your case and discuss questions that are likely to be asked of you. You should only answer the questions that are posed to you in a straightforward, honest manner. If you misstate something, you should correct the statement.

What If I Am Nervous?

Although it is completely normal to do so, you should try not to feel nervous about a deposition. After the first few questions, most people usually relax. Before they know it, it is over. Your lawyer will be right there next to you during your deposition. You are allowed to take breaks, and you are allowed to ask your attorney questions. The more familiar you are with the facts of what happened, the more comfortable you will feel at the deposition. Do not be afraid to ask your lawyer any questions you might have about the deposition process.

Ask About Preparing For A Deposition

Call a Tampa employment lawyer at Smith, Feddeler & Smith, P.A., today at 800-200-7546 to discuss your employment matter. To reach the firm online, simply send us an email.