How to Testify in Court

How to Testify in Court

Your case is only as good as your ability and the ability of your witnesses to testify clearly in court. It is said that communication is 70% nonverbal. In other words, when you are testifying, only 30% of your meaning is coming from the words you are using, with another whopping 70% of your communication …

Answering a Summons and Complaint

How to Answer a Summons and Complaint in California

The calls to my office usually go something like this. “I just found out that there is a judgment against me. They were claiming I owed them $25,000 for an unpaid credit card, but this judgment is for $87,252!”, the caller exclaims. “Were you ever served with the complaint?”, I ask. “Well, not really. They …

Defamation Attorneys

A Quick Summary of Libel and Slander Law

  This following video provides a very nice summary of defamation law. The person on the video never identifies himself, and I don’t know if he is even an attorney, but he provides an accurate summary of defamation law, both libel and slander. However, I disagree with his statement that defamation litigation needs to be …

Handle your own divorce

How to Handle Your Own Divorce

  This series of YouTube videos, dealing with family court, was published by the Indiana Supreme Court and therefore may not be directly applicable to California. However, the series is well done and will provide a general overview of the family court process, so you’ll have a better idea of what your attorney is doing. …

Answering Interrogatories

How to Answer Interrogatories

Interrogatories are one of the discovery methods used during litigation. They are crucial to litigation, and perhaps second in importance only to your deposition.  Stated simply, the other side sends you questions about the facts of the case, and you are required to answer those questions under oath.  If you fail to answer or give …

How not to dress for court

How To Dress for Court

  I once saw a written decision from a court trial where the judge stated that in deciding which of the parties to believe, he took into account the fact that one of the parties had worn a skirt with a high slit.  He saw that as an attempt to try to manipulate him, and …

How to Prepare for a Deposition

Preparing for Your Deposition

How to Testify at a Deposition If you are about to have your deposition taken in a lawsuit, you need to know that this is likely the most important pre-trial aspect of the case. Let me begin with a very basic discussion of how a deposition is taken and used.  A deposition is much like …