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Frequently Asked Questions: Litigation

Trial?

Most people have a general understanding of what occurs at trial (the attorneys make opening statements, witnesses testify and exhibits are introduced, the attorneys make closing arguments, the judge or jury decides the case, etc.).  When a client asks “what happens at trial,” they are often really asking “am I going to be involved” and “do I have to testify.”  Yes, you will need to testify if you want to share your side of the story and perspective of the facts.  However, by the time the trial occurs you will have gone over your anticipated testimony numerous times with your attorney and this level of preparation will greatly diminish your anxiety.

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