Five Reasons You Should Consider Remote Participation Depositions

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Five Reasons You Should Consider Remote Participation Depositions

video conference meeting

Remote participation depositions are playing an increasing role in the legal field. By using the latest technology including teleconferencing, video conferencing, video streaming and document digitizing, an attorney can depose out-of-town witnesses from the comfort of their own office.

Using remote deposition services can be extremely beneficial by saving the time and expense of traveling without compromising the ability to obtain important information from witnesses. Once attorneys have become familiar with this practice, they are like to find that the benefits of remote depositions far outweigh any drawbacks.

Productivity – A five-hour deposition in another state could turn into a 48-hour trip if you sleep over on either end of the journey. The time–not to mention the sleep loss, waiting in airports, and packing–constitutes lost productivity for you and your firm.

Better value for your client – When attorneys fly to and from depositions the travel can be costly for the client, especially if the travel is international. While you may want to depose key witnesses in person, remote depositions are extremely effective for witnesses or preliminary fact-gathering sessions. You can also save your client the expense of copying and shipping exhibits by including electronic exhibits in your remote deposition.

No personal time away from family – You can avoid traveling away from home for multiple days for a single deposition by having a remote deposition that will save time and money and will give you more time to spend with your family.

No high cost location rental fees – Video conference centers can charge up to $300 per hour to rent rooms compared to a cost of up to $150 for remote depositions.

Convenience – Depending on how your remote deposition is set up, you may be able to participate by simply clicking a button on your computer or walking down the hall to your firm’s conference room.

So the next time you have an out-of-town deposition, you may want to consider contacting Depo International to set up a remote deposition for you. If you would like a demonstration, please let us know. And of course, we will be here to help you every step along the way.

Minnesota Paralegal Week

Minnesota Paralegal Week

The Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA) is a voluntary, non-profit professional association composed of paralegals living or working in the State of Minnesota dedicated to fostering the growth and development of the paralegal profession by:

●  Promoting a high standard of professionalism and ethics to the legal community and general public
●  Encouraging communication among paralegals and related organizations locally and nationally
●  Providing networking opportunities for our members
●  Supporting the ongoing education and professional development of paralegals
●  Maintaining relevancy in a changing world
●  Encouraging pro bono or community service involvement through MPA or other non-profit organizations
●  Promoting diversity of its members

Paralegal week starts off on Sunday May 20 with a Twins game! Come and “Catch” the Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. On Monday there is a community service event preparing packages for Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. MPA will be holding a trivia contest on Tuesday with answers found on their website. On Wednesday there is a happy hour at Tavern on France in Edina. The 2018 MPA Annual Convention will be held on Thursday at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park and they are expecting over 100 attendees with a great lineup of speakers. Be sure to stop by the DI booth and take a chance on our prize wheel!

The Benefits of Stress Relief for Court Reporters

The Benefits of Stress Relief for Court Reporters

Court Reporting can be a hard job! Not only is it stressful, but it can also be hard on the body. The back and neck can become tight and sore due to long periods of time spent in the same upright position. The mind can also become overworked and foggy.

It is important for court reporters to engage in regular, stress-relieving activities to continue to enjoy their profession and remain productive.

Stay Organized – One of the best ways to relieve stress is to make sure you develop a routine and stay organized. Make sure your steno bag is ready to go with all materials and is organized and well-stocked. After a deposition, mark your exhibits, clean up your transcripts, and get your files off to the scopist in a reasonable amount of time. Keeping a calendar and taking a moment to study it at the end of each day will be a helpful reminder of where you need to be at the correct time the following day.

Plan Your Day – Create a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule to see what jobs you have coming up and where you have free time. Some days will be busier than others so it is important to plan ahead and make sure you do not overwork yourself. By planning each day and week you can schedule down time to take breaks and rejuvenate yourself between jobs.

Take a Breather – One of the best ways to stay productive and on track is to take time for a breather at least once a day. Take at least 15-to-30 minutes to do something you enjoy each day. Go for a walk, listen to music, or read your favorite book for example. Also, make sure you eat a small snack, stretch, and take a few deep breaths when you have 5-to-10 free minutes throughout your day. It’s also important to take a few days off now and then. A short vacation allows you to leave your work at the office and focus on other things.

Be Selective – You do not have to take every job that is offered to you. If you know how to delegate appropriately, you take as many jobs as your staff can finish easily. If you are working on your own, however, taking too many jobs within a short period of time can lead to burn out and high levels of stress that can affect your job performance.

By practicing these techniques on a regular basis, court reporters can relieve the stress of their careers and enjoy all the benefits that come with the position—including a flexible schedule, job security and an exceptional earning capacity!

Press Release: Court Reporting Firm Depo International will be a proud sponsor at the Ramsey County Bar Golf Tournament

Press Release: Court Reporting Firm Depo International will be a proud sponsor at the Ramsey County Bar Golf Tournament

Court reporting firm Depo International is proud to participate as a sponsor in the Ramsey County Bar Golf Tournament on July 16, 2018. As a sponsor, Depo International is giving tournament participants the opportunity to win a $250 gift card. Depo International will be stationed at Hole 12. The participant that comes closest to the pin at that hole, will win a $250 gift card.

Dellwood Country Club in Dellwood, MN is the host site for the 2018 Ramsey County Bar Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Ramsey County Bar Foundation. The RCBF annually awards grants to law-related charitable organizations such as The Children’s Law Center, The Minnesota Justice Foundation and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.

As an official sponsor of the event, Depo International invites others to consider sponsoring individual activities or holes or signing up to play individually or as a group of four. The cost to sign up as a golfer is $150 for members, $175 for non-members; add $10 per person after June 17th.

Depo International is an active member in the legal community and enjoys sponsoring various local events. Recognized across the country as the “Trial Lawyers’ Choice,” Depo International has been providing legal videography, legal support, and court reporting services for four decades. Attorneys working with Depo International often report feeling the “DI Difference” because of the firm’s commitment to customer service. The court reporting firm also provides help with CLVS certified legal videographers, large case management, and trial consulting.

To learn more about the court reporting services offered by Depo International, please visit their website

Why Hire a Legal Videographer?

Why Hire a Legal Videographer?

Video is becoming increasingly important and effective for use on websites, social media, and online marketing but that’s not the only place where it can make a difference. Hire a legal videographer for your next deposition!

Why use a certified LVS to record testimony?

Legal videographers are trained in the 62 standards for legal video depositions. They’re certified by the Certified Legal Video Specialists (CLVS) Council of the National Court Reporters Association. In other words, they’re well-trained to handle your case. There are times when it just makes sense to have a video recording in addition to the written transcription.

Impeachment of a Witness

On television it’s easy for the cops and lawyers to catch a witness in a lie but it’s not that way in real life. Attorneys get to the heart of the matter, even if that means impeaching a witness by playing a video clip of their deposition in addition to reading the written transcript.

The jury can see the witness and their body language which tells a different story than what the words speak as they give one version of the events in question, and late giving another version of the story. It’s quite impactful but we couldn’t do it without legal videographers.

Witness Isn’t Available

You’re preparing for a trial and learn of a key witness that isn’t available on the trial date, what do you do? Rather than searching for another witness, hire a legal videographer to record witness testimony.

The Calming Effect

It has been our experience that having a legal videographer present calms witnesses and attorneys. They seem to be on better behavior than if there’s just a court reporter in the room. No one wants to see their bad behavior replayed later.

Whatever the reason, a legal videographer is an option for your next deposition. Contact us today to learn more!