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Role of Discovery in California Litigation

Discovery Often Makes the Difference in California Litigation

Palm Desert firm uses various legal methods to give clients an advantage

In movies and television shows, legal cases usually turn during a dramatic trial moment. Like many things on screen, this depiction of events usually doesn’t represent reality. Instead, the work that occurs during the discovery phase of a case often determines the eventual outcome. Even if the matter never goes to trial, effective advocacy during discovery might persuade an adversary to agree to a settlement that favors you. Bochnewich Law Offices in Palm Desert litigates various types of civil matters on behalf of Southern California clients. Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and use various methods of discovery to gain valuable information and form the framework of a successful trial strategy.

Coachella Valley lawyers pursue important documents and testimony

California rules authorize various types of discovery, but only a seasoned litigator understands how to use these tools effectively. We don’t waste time with unnecessary procedure; we use incisive requests and questioning to unearth key facts. Starting with a free initial consultation, our attorneys will outline how you might benefit from well-prepared:

  • Document requests — After identifying the types of documents that will be useful, our lawyers request the pertinent materials and seek court relief if targets aren’t forthcoming.
  • Interrogatories and requests for admissions — Interrogatories are questions presented to the opposing party that help to reveal knowledge about relevant matters and provide an outline of their arguments. Requests for admissions streamline case issues by having parties acknowledge facts and assertions that are uncontested.
  • Depositions — Questioning parties and witnesses under oath can provide a detailed perspective on how the case might proceed if it goes to trial. Depositions usually occur in an attorney’s office and allow for broader questioning than courts often permit.
  • Subpoenas — Obtaining key information from nonparties has become more important than ever as so many communications and transactions are conducted through third parties such as social media websites and online retailers. If court authority is necessary to gather these facts, we can issue subpoenas for documents and testimony.

During these formal discovery procedures and informal investigations such as interviews of cooperative witnesses, we focus on collecting information that directly advances your legal position. Our firm offers personalized representation to each client and puts in the detailed work that is essential to building the strongest legal argument possible.

Contact a trusted Coachella Valley litigator for a free consultation

Bochnewich Law Offices advises California clients on a full range of civil litigation matters, including business and probate actions. Please call 760-776-1377 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Palm Desert office.

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    43100 Cook Street
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    Palm Desert, California 92211
    Phone: 760-776-1377
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