Trial and Deposition Prep
Preparation for a trial or a deposition is extremely important, and yet a lot of law firms don't spend any time on it at all. You'll get a couple of old wives' tales about what really sways juries or how to keep your skeletons in the closet, but no focused, tailored preparation to help you best protect your interests. At Verbeck Law, we focus on you, personally, and finding strategies that will help you to put your best foot forward in court or at deposition.
Trial can be an extremely frightening proposition. It's utterly unlike anything most people have been through before, and the consequences can be immense. Most people have never experienced the rudeness of a cross-examination, and most people aren't any good at the unnatural way you want to answer trial questions. It's not a conversation, and having a little bit of practice goes a long, long way.
We'll train you to respond to only the questions asked, and we'll make sure you're not rattled by aggressive questioning. We'll help you predict which questions are coming next, and we'll make sure you understand all the jargon and procedure.
What's more, we'll help you find the mode in you that works best for trial. Everyone has faced emotionally fraught situations before, and most people developed a good way to deal with them. We'll help you adapt your experience to trial, making it much easier for you to perform at your best.
Depositions are common in civil cases and happen when a lawyer wants to get more sworn information from a party to the case, or from a witness. A dirty trick of the trade is that many lawyers, particularly plaintiff's attorneys, use depositions as fishing expeditions to gather evidence for subsequent lawsuits. Lawyers are also fond of using depos to find out which parties to a case have the tendency to talk too much when asked questions. Presenting yourself well and keeping on topic at a deposition can save you not only a lot of stress but a lot of money. A witness who does really well in deposition may convince an aggressive attorney that it's not worth adding her as a party to a suit, and a party to a case may be offered a better settlement, sooner, if his depo performance is excellent.
Depo prep looks different for different people, and we discourage clients from paying for an off-the-shelf, one size fits all sort of depo prep. Reading books on depo prep is a great way to start, and our goal when we prep someone for a deposition is to hit those finishing touches. We find there's always something in a person's life and experience that will let them perform well at depo, but finding it takes some time and effort.
We will help you learn how to answer questions properly, how to give just the information needed and no more, and how to keep your cool when faced with an aggressive attorney. If you want, we'll represent you at the depo and make relevant objections. We want you to be educated and confident going into your depo, and our coaching and role-play will make that happen.
If all that makes sense and you know what you need, please click here to go directly to our pricing page for trial and deposition preparation.