Attorneys may encounter a number of potential problems when preparing depositions. To address these issues and aid in making the deposition process smoother, the American Bar Association offers a new, concise, and helpful guide.

"Avoiding Bad Depositions: A Simple Guide to Complex Issues," a new release from the ABA, is a user-friendly book which provides practical advice to help navigate the "minefield" of problems inherent in taking and defending depositions, allowing attorneys to avoid mistakes-and malpractice claims.

The guide addresses key concerns including why a deposition should be taken, what the attorney will gain, how to deal with all types of witnesses, and how to ethically prepare witnesses for testimony, among other important deposition questions.

"Avoiding Bad Depositions" is written by Janet S. Kole, a full-time author who splits her time between Boynton Beach, Fla., and Philadelphia. Kole, a litigator for more than 30 years, is also the author of several other short ABA guides including, "Chasing Paper: The Keys to Learning About and Loving Discovery;" "A Brief Guide to Brief Writing: Demystifying The Memorandum of Law:" and "Pleading Your Case: Complaints and Responses." She has also authored many articles for young lawyers on the basics of litigation practice.

Cost of "Avoiding Bad Depositions: A Simple Guide to Complex Issues" is $39.95. To order, call 800-285-2221 or visit

Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015