The Value of Checklists for Every Deposition.
By Leonard Bucklin
This thesis is simple: Never leave the office for a deposition without a
Here is the
short story, a deposition checklist, with your outline of the subjects and questions to be
covered, does these things.
- Prevents you from missing points;
- Gives you a predetermined
"probable best order" for inquiring about the subjects;
- Makes you more effective in the in
- Gives you confidence in
- Prevents you from missing points
(I know, we mentioned that before); and
- Makes you look good to the
witness, your client, and the adverse attorney!
It's even better if you wrote this checklist by using a good legal form for the deposition subject. Why? Because a form checklist outline of the common questions saves you time in preparation.
A good form checklist is better than you probably would be in predetermining a
"probable best order" for inquiring about the subjects. A good form checklist is
better than you probably would be in preventing missed points.
Never leave the office for a deposition without a checklist!
This is a PowerLitigation™ article of Leonard
Bucklin. This article was adapted for LawyerTrialForms™ from his multi- volume
text of discovery, litigation, and trial advice and tactics, titled Building
Trial Notebooks. Bucklin is a Fellow of the International
Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to 500 top trial lawyers
in the U.S, a member of the
Million-Dollar Advocate’s Forum (for plaintiffs work), and
recommended in Best’s Recommended Attorneys (for defense work).
multi-volume, discovery, litigation, and trial advice and tactics text is
now available through
the James Publishing site