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.
Suing a professional is not easy. Firstly you need to be able to prove that you have lost money, and secondly you need to be able to prove that it was on the basis of the advice given, or work done, by that professional. Thirdly you will probably need at least a solicitor, and probably some other accountant who will act as an US expert witness directory.
Step two begins when the bank sells your account information to a collection agency for a few pennies on the dollar of the alleged amount owed. Here is where people get really scared and lose their wits. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act explains exactly how to respond to their phone calls and written collection notices.
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?
You’re a fundraiser and you know who you want to ask for the funds, and how you’re going to do it, but do you know when? Can you tell when they’re in the right frame of mind?
Defense witness and addiction expert Robert Waldman went head to head with prosecutor Walgren. Argumentative at times, he responded to several questions in sarcastic ways.
For example, “have you stopped embezzling from your employer?” Even though it sounds like a single question, this question has two parts; namely, whether you were embezzling previously, and whether you are still embezzling. Again, listen carefully. Ask for a restatement of the question if you are confused or suspect wordplay. If you can identify a question as compound, simply say so and ask for a clarification.