Civil Depositions in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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Civil depositions happen during Oak Creek, Wisconsin civil litigation, as part of the discovery procedure.

"Discovery" is a procedure that happens before a trial in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. During the discovery process, both sides are obligated to make relevant information available to each other.

In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, one way to acquire relevant evidence is to ask persons involved in the dispute (both parties and witnesses) about their knowledge of the matter. This is done through a civil deposition. It is essentially a question and answer session between a lawyer, and a witness or party to the action. A lawyer for the other side is present, as well as a court reporter or videographer. The lawyer asks questions of the person being deposed, who must answer them under oath.

Conducting A Civil Deposition in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Depositions are typically conducted in Oak Creek, Wisconsin if a person's testimony will take several days, or more, to deliver. By doing this before a trial, the jury can be presented just with the testimony that turns out to be relevant, saving everyone a good deal of time. It is also useful if there is any reason to suspect that the witness will be unable to show up in court.

It should not be any shock, then, that civil depositions in Oak Creek, Wisconsin can go on for a very long time. If you are contacted to appear in a deposition in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, this can be a huge headache.

To mitigate this, the law of Oak Creek, Wisconsin typically entitles people being deposed to reimbursement. They can be compensated for travel expenses, lodging, and a can be given a small amount of money simply for their time. However, this is meant to be reimbursement for the time and expense incurred in attending a deposition, and it is most definitely not payment for the witness to provide testimony that's advantageous to one side or the other.

In Oak Creek, Wisconsin depositions, everyone being deposed is under oath. This means that you are legally and morally obligated to answer every question truthfully. If you deliberately misrepresent your knowledge (lie), you are guilty of perjury. And if you're caught, you could end up facing jail time and/or some extremely steep fines.

How Can A Oak Creek, Wisconsin Lawyer Help?

If you are the defendant or plaintiff in a lawsuit, chances are good that you'll have to appear in a deposition. You should, by this time, already be represented by an Oak Creek, Wisconsin civil litigation attorney. You should do whatever they tell you to do (unless, of course, they tell you to lie, in that case you should find a new lawyer).

If, on the other hand, you're not directly engaged in the case, but have been subpoenaed to appear in a deposition as a witness in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, you may not need to hire a lawyer. The lawyers for both sides will probably prep you for the deposition, giving you an idea of what to expect.

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Life in Oak Creek

Oak Creek, Wisconsin is a city in Milwaukee County. It has a population of about 30,000 people. Oak Creek is a suburb of Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin. Until the 1950s, Oak Creek was mostly semi-rural farmland. It was incorporated in 1955, out of unincorporated county land. This move was orchestrated by Tony Basile, who would become Oak Creek's first city attorney. The people of Oak Creek decided to incorporate into a town so the area would not be annexed by the rapidly-expanding Milwaukee. Oak Creek is the headquarters of Midwestern Airlines, a small regional commuter airline, and the source of hundreds of jobs in the area. However, the parent company of the airline is moving its headquarters to another city. Since that announcement, a large mining equipment company announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to occupy the corporate offices being vacated by the airline. If you live in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and are in need of some type of legal help, Oak Creek, Wisconsin lawyers are ready to help. Oak Creek, Wisconsin lawyers can handle almost any legal problem a person might be faced with.

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