In this article, an experienced Bronx employment lawyer examines deposition questions that you might need to answer with “I don’t know.”
Short Vs. Long Answers
As you and your Bronx employment attorney prepare for your deposition, you will probably be instructed to confine your answers as much as is reasonably possible to “Yes,” “No,” “I can’t recall just now,” or “I simply don’t know.” Essentially, by keeping your answers brief you avoid prolonging your deposition. Expanding on your answers in an attempt to reach the heart of a matter is not usually in your best interests. By doing so you could be giving the opposition unnecessary information that they can fasten on and possibly use against you. Since counsel for the opposition is compensated for their time on an hourly basis, they are perfectly happy to let you continue to talk. This is especially true if they can gain some new advantage that they would not otherwise have had.
When “Yes,” “No” and “I Don’t Know” Are Not Feasible
There will be times when you will be asked a question that you can’t answer with a simple “yes” or “no.” At times like these, you should carefully consider how you can phrase your answer to make it as brief as you can even if it means delaying your answer until you have it clearly in your mind. You and your Bronx employment attorney will know whether or not the deposition is to be recorded on video. If it is not, then there will be nothing in the record to indicate that you waited before you answered any particular question. Whether you gave your answer instantly or considered your reply for several minutes before speaking is not reflected in the record.
Keep the Dates and Times Straight
Be certain that you know the period of time to which the questions pertain. Do not be afraid to ask for a visual or some type of documentation if referring to it will be of help to you.
You Don’t Have to Go Through This Alone
As your legal counsel, we are prepared to stand by you and help you through your employment law case. Engage the services of a Bronx employment lawyer with the Law Office of Delmas Costin, Jr. by calling 718-618-0589 today.