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Can Deposition Notes be Considered Privileged?

2021-05-03T15:00:19-07:00January 6th, 2021|Depositions|

During a deposition, opposing counsel may raise an objection whenever it is necessary to preserve a privilege, to enforce a limitation ordered by the court, or to present a motion under Rule 30(d)(3). These objections are critical to ensuring a fair trial, but it’s easy to see that there’s quite a bit of grey area [...]

4 Useful Objections & How to Preserve Them When Deposing an Expert Witness

2021-05-03T15:01:54-07:00December 30th, 2020|Depositions|

During the discovery process, it is not uncommon for both parties to retain an expert witness. The testimony of an expert lends credibility to your argument, but many jurisdictions have particular rules regulating discovery of expert witnesses. As you proceed with your case remember that nearly all objections are waived if they are not made [...]

The Definitive Cost-Benefit Analysis of Legal Videography

2021-05-03T15:06:24-07:00December 23rd, 2020|Depositions|

If you’re like most attorneys, you probably want to explore every possible angle when you take on a new case. Unfortunately, your options may be constrained by your client’s budget or even by limited manpower at your firm. Throughout the litigation process, you need to constantly consider the costs and benefits of services such as [...]

How California Officially Adopted Remote Depositions

2021-05-03T15:05:42-07:00December 16th, 2020|Depositions|

When the coronavirus pandemic began, California quickly issued a shelter-in-place order, which took effect on March 19th. Soon after, the state also passed temporary legislation which allowed legal proceedings, such as depositions, to continue remotely. By granting these permissions, lawmakers were able to prevent the justice system from grinding to a halt. Now, recent legislation [...]

Remote Jury Trials & The Future of Litigation

2021-05-03T15:07:58-07:00December 9th, 2020|Depositions|

One of the most famous legal maxims states that ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’ Due to the coronavirus pandemic, courts across the country have been forced to postpone jury trials. Unfortunately, as we approach the end of the year, the delay and backlog created by these postponed cases demand innovative solutions. In this article, we’ll [...]

CLIENT-CENTERED PRACTICES YOU HAVE TO TRY IN 2021

2021-01-26T18:03:58-08:00November 26th, 2020|Business Development, Covid, Legal Industry, Legal Technology, Professional Development, Remote Working|

To succeed in the legal industry, law firms must constantly invest in innovation. Using cutting-edge technologies and disruptive business practices, it is possible to deliver an exceptional client experience, even if you’re still adapting to the changes caused by the pandemic. With a bit of determination, you can establish new practices that streamline everything from [...]

HOW TO DELIVER AN EFFECTIVE VIRTUAL CLIENT EXPERIENCE

2021-01-26T17:54:41-08:00November 19th, 2020|Business Development, Legal Industry, Remote Working|

Following the coronavirus outbreak, client expectations for law firms have been fundamentally altered. To comply with social distancing requirements and keep up with demand, it’s time to embrace innovative new products, platforms, and technologies. From initial contact to onboarding to case resolution, your clients will expect you to deliver an effective virtual experience. To fulfill [...]

THE 5 BEST LEGAL PODCASTS TO HELP YOU END THE YEAR

2021-01-26T18:03:17-08:00November 12th, 2020|Business Development, Legal Industry, Personal Wellness, Professional Development, Self-Care|

For many of us, keeping up with the news can feel like a full-time job. From election coverage to pandemic precautions to court closures, the latest headlines constantly compete for your attention. If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to stay informed - it’s time to consider legal podcasts! Podcasts are great for [...]

Tips for Responding to Privilege Objections in Your Deposition

2021-05-03T15:09:53-07:00November 5th, 2020|Depositions|

According to the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure, opposing attorneys may object “when necessary to preserve a privilege.” This rule (FRCP 30(c)(2) provides important protections for the deponent. Unfortunately, when you’re conducting the deposition, privilege objections can derail your line of questioning. In this article, we’re going to explore possible responses to privilege objections and [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Remote Depositions

2021-05-03T15:11:16-07:00October 29th, 2020|Depositions|

Before the coronavirus pandemic, remote depositions were slowly gaining traction and popularity. In late March, social distancing measures dramatically increased the number of remote depositions. While the practice is still not considered ‘standard’, it has been adopted by many new users. Some litigants have even been compelled to submit remote depositions despite protests that they [...]

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