Be prepared for open ended questions. If they have gathered well, deposing attorneys will probably jump right to your opinions, have you enunciate each one, and then ask you to tell them what you did to reach each of those conclusions. For each opinion, they may repeat the same sequence of questions: what exact procedures did you follow, Mr. Expert? Can you explain those steps further? They may well ask what steps you did not pursue, and why? Can you tell them about the results? For each result, they may ask you to describe in detail how that result affected each opinion you offered. They will ask open-ended questions about what assumptions you made in your explorations. In all cases, they are hoping that you will ramble on enough to give them useful extra information.
More than likely you’ll be seeking out strangers as witnesses. If the accident is one where the police make a report, there’s a good chance they’ll have collected statements of their own. Witness statements will wind up in their report, and you’re entitled to use that report in your injury claim.
Second, there is the issue of “costs”. Costs are file costs such as court filing fees, deposition costs, Expert witness costs, or maybe for costs of records. Costs should NOT include telephone calls, any hourly costs. If you are unsure, ask the lawyer what is included in costs. If it is a pure personal injury case, then you should not be responsible for any costs up front. This means that you want a fee agreement which says that the lawyer is going to “advance” any litigation/case costs. If there is a settlement or recovery, then the costs would be deducted from the recovery. In a personal injury case, if there is no recovery or settlement, then you should ask for a fee agreement where you do not pay any costs.
Step three is required only if the collections company files suit against you. It is called a statement of denial. You say something to the effect that “I deny this is my debt but if it is my debt, I deny that it is a valid debt and if it is a valid debt the amount is incorrect” and file the statement with your clerk of court and send a copy to the collection company.
Daren: If there has not ever been a complaint for a credit repair company to the FTC or the BBB, is it true that they automatically get an “F” rating?
If a lawyer asks you something that starts with “isn’t it true that…,” that lawyer is trying to lead you. If a lawyer starts a question with “you’ve said that…” and follows it immediately with another question, think carefully about his opening gambit. Though he might only have rephrased something you said previously, he rephrased for his own benefit. You may have to proper his rephrasing before responding to his new question.
The newspaper The Hill notes that this will not be the first time a fictional character appears before Congress, pointing out that Elmo, of Sesame Street, made an appearance some years back. Fair to note, though whether Colbert has as much to contribute on a serious topic as a muppet is a question yet to be answered.
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