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If I Want My Lawyer to Depose Someone, Who Pays for the Deposition?

Typically in a fee for services agreement for a contingent lawyer, which is what we are, the lawyer will advance the client the cost to pursue the case. That includes the cost of depositions, costs to get police reports, cost to get records, all those expert fees, all those types of things. The typical arrangement is the lawyer advances those costs. So if the plaintiff wants somebody deposed the lawyer is going to pay for it and that probably happens 99% of the time. For us, it usually is 100% of the time.

We don’t think you can ever have too many depositions. We want to know everything about the case, especially getting statements under oath. So we will advance the cost for the deposition which can range anywhere from $170 to $2,000 dollars. And when you think about cases that costs can add up in the $20,000-$30,000 dollar range, just for depositions alone. So the lawyer has made an agreement in their fee for services to advance the client cost for those types of things such as depositions.

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