If your case did not settle before a lawsuit was filed, it is very likely that the other party will want to take your deposition. A deposition is where the other party’s attorney asks you questions under oath with a court reporter and your attorney present. Even though a jury is not present at the deposition, it is still very important that you look your best. The other party’s attorney is judging you and questioning whether or not you will be credible and play well in front of a jury in the event that your case gets that far.
Essentially, the more credible you look, the more value your case has and the more likely your case will settle for what will be acceptable to you.
So after you’ve prepared with your attorney about how to perform well at your deposition, it is your job to make sure that you come to your deposition looking credible. Here are our tips on what you can do to look great at your deposition.
1. Groom yourself very carefully. Make sure that your hair is neat, your facial hair is shaved or trimmed, and your nails are clean and not too long. Cover your tattoos and remove any piercings that you might have. It should go without saying, but also make sure you take a shower the morning of your deposition. On the opposite end of the spectrum, don’t put on too much cologne either.
2. Be conservative. Don’t wear anything distracting or flamboyant. Do not wear anything that shows too much skin.
3. Dress professionally. You don’t have to wear a suit, but slacks and a dress shirt at a minimum is best. Don’t be too casual. Do not wear shorts, workout clothes, sandals, hats (or any headwear), or clothes that are wrinkled, dirty, or damaged.
4. Make sure your clothes fit properly. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight or too baggy.
Ultimately, you want to make a good first impression on the other party’s attorney so that they will add value to your claim. Remember, the reason why your deposition is being taken is to assess how well you will come across to a jury. They want to know how your will answer questions and whether a jury will find you likable and believable – and your clothes and appearance play a huge role in making that determination. Lem Garcia, car accident attorney in West Covina, helps injured victims prepare for their deposition by reviewing their case with them, what questions the other party might ask, and what you should do to look your best. It’s very important that every aspect of your case is taken care of.
By: West Covina car accident lawyer, Lem Garcia