What’s the First Step In Deposition Preparation?

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Legal depositions aim to establish timelines and a narrative. Given that, if you enter a deposition without one of SMI Aware’s Deep Reports, you are not fully prepared.

A Deep Report, as early in the process as possible, helps to establish a timeline of social media posts before a person might decide to take something down or edit themselves.

We argue for a three-pronged approach to deposition preparation: Ahead of Time, Alongside, and After. At each interval in the deposition process, SMI Aware helps uncover valuable information that is useful for a legal team’s discovery.

As soon as a legal team identifies a person to be deposed, an in-depth social media background check should be commissioned. A Deep Report, as early in the process as possible, helps to establish a timeline of social media posts before a person might decide to take something down or edit themselves.

Next, we advise legal clients to run a second Deep Report one or two days ahead of the deposition to provide an updated look at whether anything has been added, or more crucially, deleted.

Running a Deep Report after a deposition can show whether someone deleted information and later reposted information that is different from what was originally posted. Having this information enables a legal team to show that the narrative changed over time.

SMI Aware has years of experience working with the nation’s top law firms across a range of cases, including class-action lawsuits. As such, we work closely with our clients to identify the most relevant information; we don’t just aggregate data. We rank the results by relevancy and provide analysis based on the criteria outlined by the clients. We also consider how the reports will be distributed and pick the format that makes the most sense for each project.

After years of working with multiple legal teams, we know all the questions to ask ahead of time so that each SMI Aware custom Deep Report delivers maximum impact for your case.

If you have a deposition coming up, contact us to run a Deep Report.

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