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The Deposition Handbook: A Guide To Help You Give A Winning Deposition [Paperback]

Virginia A. Lathan
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January 10, 2008 0963619578 978-0963619570 4
This book helps deposition witnesses--and even attorneys--get through the deposition process easily and knowledgeably. It gives relevant information in plain English, points out pitfalls, and helps the reader feel empowered!

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Editorial Reviews


"I believe the Deposition Handbook will improve my effectiveness in all future depositions I may give as an expert witness." -- Shelly Nathan Bailey, P.E.

"If there were a required reading list to prepare for a deposition, this book should be high on the list." -- Dale S. Wilson, Esq. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Virginia Lathan started writing when working as a court reporter. For her, court reporting was interesting but not creative, which made her pursue her desired choice of professions: writing. She wrote the first edition of The Deposition Handbook in 1991, and since then she's written two other non-fiction books--"Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Training Manual for the Workplace" and "Needs Assessment: A Guide for Community Action." She's now working on a suspense/thriller novel, which will be published in 2010.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Curry-Co Publications; 4 edition (January 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963619578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963619570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello Readers,

An old boyfriend of mine once told me that my writing sucked because it didn't present to readers a new way of processing their world. To him the best writers in any field--from novelists to screenwriters to poets to authors of nonfiction books--all produced works that gave their readers new ways to contemplate the world and examine their choices. In other words, they presented to readers new perspectives that could take them to new horizons.

Of course I was hurt when he said my writing sucks, and at that time I wasn't ready to accept that my creative works were leaving my readers flat. But the more I read, the more I examined things, the more I knew he was right. Perhaps the person that helped me understand his position the most was Roger Ebert, the acclaimed film critic for the "Chicago Suntimes" daily newspaper. When examining how many stars Mr. Ebert gave the movies he reviewed, most of those that he gave four stars, his top rating, were ones that affected people's conscience, ones that made them think.

Okay, accepting that, when I wrote "The Deposition Handbook: A Guide to Help You Give a Winning Deposition," my aim was to empower my readers, help them to feel like they had some say-so in what happened to them during their examination. I strove to empower them. By demystifying the deposition process, the book's readers can feel like they had some control over how their deposition proceeds--they don't have to be just pawns that attorneys get to maneuver as they see fit. (Video of me with red shirt on talks about this book.)

As far as my novel, "Laughter Kills...Laughter Heals," it's conscious fiction that's all wrapped up in a suspense-thriller-mystery. It's the kind of book that the all-time master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock and the ever-so-weird David Lynch (director of the cult classics "Twin Peaks" and "Wild at Heart") might have collaborated on. As you follow the story from its very dark beginning to its feel good ending, don't be surprised if your thoughts swing from "I'd have to kill that sucker," to "God, love truly does make the world go round." And all along the way, you'll find your beliefs about life and human behavior challenged to the nth degree. I wrote the book like this because the words my boyfriend spoke years ago now forever echo in my head, so my writing now has to have a greater purpose than to just entertain. Through the development of my characters and the crafting of my stories, I strive to shed light on ideals that will help shape us as a people. So as you read this book---or my fictional writings in general---you may feel like you're on a nail-biting roller coaster ride, but just when you're about to be ejected from your seat, I'll throw you a parachute. You can then choose to tumble down roughly into a hard, cruel world or take a mind-altering float through the ethers of higher thought. Enjoy! (Video of me with print shirt on talks about this book.)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get informed before your deposition. December 6, 2001
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This guide is a relatively small, spiral bound, 87 page pamphlet. It contains much useful information about what happens at a depostion, how to prepare yourself for a deposition, and answering the questions you will get at a deposition. It seems designed as an introductory guide for those who are either representing themselves or for those whose attorneys have not spent enough time explaining the process to them. This booklet should help calm your fears about the process. This guide is short enough that you can easily read it in an evening. It is written in plain English without the legal jargon. The author is a court reporter, not an attorney, but she clearly communicates a lot of basic information you need before going into a deposition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Helpful April 30, 2010
The Deposition Handbook gave me all the information I needed. I was more than prepared because so many of the scenarios discussed in the Handbook came up during the deposition. Thank you, Ms. Lathan; your book was really helpful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Deposition Handbook August 29, 2008
This was the worst investment I have made in a book in about 23 years. The author must have sold the first three editions to her 1) husband 2) boyfriend and 3)long lost friend who is now in jail for having testified according to the guidance provided in the book.

Absolutely no substance, no useful information other than basic information from the 30,000 foot level. Please accept this review from someone who has given multiple depositions and read hundreds.

Save your money or just email me and I will send you my copy. I am too embaressed to return it to Amazon thereby admiting I did not read the prior reviews.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good primer July 20, 2004
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If you want a quick, easy-to-follow introduction to the deposition process, this book does a very good job of that. I've recommended it to many of my clients, and they all found it to be a great primer for helping them understand what happens at depositions. The book even offers some strategies for helping witnesses get through cross-examination. It's compact enough to read in a day, yet the information it contains is so on point that it completely demystifies the entire deposition procedure. Its numerous examples and sample transcript make it a good bet for anyone having to give a deposition.

Nat Colley, retired attorney
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