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Rough Drafts – Does Quality Really Matter?

Planet Depos is fortunate to work with some highly sophisticated clients. Many of them appreciate the fact that Planet Depos court reporters are equally sophisticated in their craft in that they can offer valuable services...more

The 411 on Standing Orders

When it comes to service, providing our clients with the best experience is our top priority. One way we achieve this is through catering to our clients’ needs. From booking hotel conference rooms for depositions across the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: DOL Releases Transcripts of Fiduciary Standard Hearings - The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the transcripts of the hearings held by the agency in August on its proposed fiduciary...more

The Necessity of Trial Transcripts in Appellate Proceedings

A COMPLETE TRIAL RECORD is essential to presenting an effective appeal because appellate courts have no independent means of obtaining knowledge of the cases brought before them for review. The California court of appeal...more

7 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Transcription Vendor

Lawyers, doctors, corporations and government entities often need to have audio files transcribed into text. Examples can include: court hearings and trials, voicemails, examinations, meetings (board, annual, financial, town...more

Court Reporters – Four Tips on What to Expect at an I.M.E.

Attorneys need Individual Medical Examinations to be reported and certified from time to time. An Independent Medical Examination is conducted by a doctor, chiropractor/physical therapist whom has not previously been...more

Singapore – The Island Nation with Global Significance

Singapore is truly one of the most interesting city-states in all of Asia. With a colorful and varied history of fishing, trade, commerce, and even war, Singapore is positioned as also one of the most important cities in...more

2025.520(c) – What Happens if the Witness Can’t Get to Reporter’s Office?

There are two methods for reading, correcting and signing deposition transcripts in California. Method #1: At the conclusion of a deposition in California, the deposition officer shall send written notice to the...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

A Matter of Interpretation — Ensuring the Reliability of the Record

The memorialization of witness testimony is a process of precision. The court reporter makes a verbatim record of the questions asked and the answers given. The accuracy of the resulting transcript is the basis upon which...more

How to Get a Transcript or Video of a Witness if You Are Not a Party to the Case – CA CCP

Once or twice a year our court reporting firm gets a request from an attorney to purchase a deposition transcript of a witness, and that attorney does not represent anyone in the case. Because Kramm has archived past...more

California Attorneys Were Shocked – You May Not Cite Rough Draft Transcripts

At a recent presentation to attorneys and paralegals, I pulled up a slide that referenced California CCP 2025.540(b). I asked the audience, “Does anyone ever cite to a rough draft transcript in court for a motion or hearing,...more

Deposition Transcripts and Exhibits – Who Needs Paper?

Many of my attorney clients have asked me if I know what other law firms are doing to reduce paper. I know of two firms, one in Milwaukee and another in San Diego, that are completely paperless, but I am thinking my clients...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – using PH.D. or M.D. rather than Dr.

When finalizing a deposition transcript and corresponding with law firm clients, I believe it is a best practice to use a person’s credentials, i.e., M.D., Ph.D., behind their name, rather than the title of “Dr.” before their...more

Court Reporters, Transcriptionists – Tips for Transcribing Audio Files

From the beginning of time, the world has been in need of transcripts. Cavemen drew on cave walls trying to capture the events of their time. Egyptian Pharos had scribes that wrote on papyrus their thoughts, edicts, and...more

Court Reporters And Legal Videographers – Outsourcing The Transcription Of Transcripts Offshore

Scrolling down through the stories in a court reporting industry Facebook page, I came across some dialogue between court reporters about depositions being offered at an extremely low cost with the use of only audio being...more

IRS launches 'Get Transcript' Application - A message from tax attorney Paul Topolka, former District Counsel of the IRS for...

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new application which gives taxpayers the ability to directly view, print, and download tax return transcripts and account transcripts. ...more

How to lose your appeal before it starts

This post is the fifth in an ongoing series about maximizing a party’s chances of prevailing on appeal. Filing a proper and timely notice of appeal is the first important task in the appellate process. Once a notice of...more

Rosalie’s Perfect So Cal Stip – Re: California Code Of Civil Procedure 2025.520

For a witness that is represented by counsel: We will stipulate that the court reporter may be relieved of her duties under the code; that she will forward the original transcript to witness’ counsel for...more

Court Reporters – FINRA Arbitration – Rule 12606

My firm recently stenographically reported a two-week FINRA arbitration in Boston. Typically, there is no court reporter present for FINRA arbitrations. The official record is a simple cassette tape recorder that is turned...more

California Court Reporters – Minimum Transcript Format Standards

Court reporters in the State of California have minimum transcript rules that California Certified Shorthand Reporters must adhere to as regulated by the Court Reporters Board of California. Over the years I have heard...more

Fast Five - Rhode Island Appellate Practice: June 2013

This edition of the Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice features the final chapter of the case that is commonly known in Rhode Island as the “Lead Paint Case.” Two decisions issued by the Rhode Island Supreme Court...more

Appellate Briefs - January 2013: Making A Record of Bad Conduct for Appeal

One question that arises with some frequency is how to make a record of non-verbal conduct. Younger trial lawyers often lament about the tone or volume of voice, the gestures or the other non-verbal antics of opposing counsel...more

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