Depositions Abroad: A Toolkit

Since our announcement, late last year regarding our new international deposition services, many of you may be curious about just how we accomplish depositions abroad. Here we will describe a few of the tools we use. The main obstacle when undertaking a deposition abroad is the distance.

Bridging the Distance

While you could fly halfway across the world to take down a deposition, this on top of the transcript fees could wind up being quite costly for your client. Enter Video Conferencing! Taking a nod from our sister company, who has embraced video conferencing for US depositions for a number of years now, Ancillary utilizes video conferencing to shorten the distance between deponent and attorney in an affordable way. Ancillary’s extensive knowledge of foreign and domestic laws allow us to properly advise you as to whether your deposition can take advantage of this modern technology.

Handling Exhibits

Now, you may be thinking “I can’t do a video conference deposition. I have exhibits that I need to use!” Not a problem. You can share those exhibits right inside of your video conference in real time with the help of screen sharing. We have even prepared a means for you to digitally mark those exhibits either in real time, or prior to your deposition using Adobe Stamps! You can download our free template from  ALC’s google drive. Just extract the pdf in the zipped folder and put it in your relative folder to:

Once the file has been placed there, the stamps will appear in in your Adobe software under the stamps menu in a list named “Ancillary Legal Corporation.” These stamps will work in both Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Pro DC. If you do not yet have Adobe software you can download the software from their official download page.

Taking it to the Next Level

If you are an Adobe Acrobat Pro user, you can take advantage of the included feature called “Prepare Form” to customize our exhibit stamp template. Ancillary was easily able to use this feature to prepare a multitude of custom stamps for our Atlanta-based sister company, Elizabeth Gallo Court Reporting’s  many court reporters to utilize during the COVID-19 outbreak.  This feature is easy to use, and can offer you individualized functionality for your stamps.  In this YouTube video, a litigation technology firm explains how you can even use Adobe’s “Prepare Form” to program digital exhibit stamps to automatically fill with the file name for your pdf! These are just a few of the tools Ancillary has at their disposal to assist you with you with your international deposition. Click here for your free consultation. Ancillary’s staff attorney will review your case and let you know your option for depositions abroad.