In this article, an experienced attorney with an Orange County employment law firm outlines what to remember if you are called upon to make a deposition.
What a Deposition Is Not
When you are deposed, you will be formally sworn in, and very specific questions will be asked of you. Contrary to what you might have heard, this is not the part where you “tell your story.” Keep in mind that these questions are being asked by counsel for the opposition, not your Orange County employment lawyer. You should not consider this a time to attempt to make your case or to offer information beyond that which is specifically asked for in the questions. By applying the following principles, you can limit the possibility of misunderstandings or other complications.
- Do not lie. If you do, you may render your Orange County employment lawyer unable to help you. At best, you will place your attorney in the unpleasant position of having to amend the recorded statement. At worst, you will place him in the even more unpleasant position of having to cease to represent you.
- Pay close attention to the questions. If the meaning of a question is unclear to you, tell them you do not understand and ask for clarification. Do not attempt to answer a question unless you clearly understand exactly what is being asked, and do not attempt to search for hidden meanings. Listen to what the opposing counsel is asking, not to what you think he is trying to ask.
- Limit your answers to “yes” or “no” whenever possible. There is a difference between being asked if you know what time it is and being asked what time it is. The first question can be answered with “yes” or “no,” while the second requires you to give the specific time of day. If the question is open-ended, give a comprehensive but specific answer and do not elaborate.
- Do not allow yourself to become angry. It is vital that you maintain control over your temper. Arguments, confrontations and shouting matches with counsel for the opposition can do you no good and much harm. Maintain a calm, professional manner.
Make Sure You Are Fully Prepared
A deposition can be an intimidating situation. Be sure that you have the advice, guidance and support of an experienced Orange County employment law firm attorney. Contact Daily Aljian LLP by calling 949-861-2524 today. Don’t wait another minute.