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Ten Rules for Every Deponent

There are literally hundreds of bits of advice you could give your client before his or deposition. Next time, keep these 10 in mind:

  1. Tell the truth.
  2. Listen to the question. Pause. Think as long as necessary before answering.
  3. Donít pause too long before answering.
  4. Make sure you understand the question. Donít answer unless and until you do.
  5. If you donít understand the questions, say so. Ask the questioner to explain, repeat, or rephrase the questions.
  6. Answer clearly and directly.
  7. If you donít know the answer, say ďI donít know.Ē
  8. If you donít remember the answer, say, ďI donít remember.Ē
  9. Donít confuse ďI donít knowĒ with ďI donít remember.Ē
  10. Where appropriate, qualify your ďI donít rememberĒ answer. Say something like, ďI donít remember at this momentĒ or ďI donít remember without looking atĒ the document in question.

Virtualex.com Ronald J. Cappuccio, J.D., LL.M.(Tax) 1800 Chapel Avenue West Suite 128 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Phone:(856) 665-2121      Fax: (856) 665-9005 Email: ron@taxesq.com

 
 
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