• When to Call a Notary

    A court reporter is not the only outside help legal firms need. Notary services are also crucial for several different tasks. Often, your court reporter in San Jose can assist with notary services as well. Here are some of the reasons you may find that you need to hire a notary.

    Notaries can help to execute and finalize a number of legal documents and services. If your firm processes mortgages and other real estate transactions, you will need a notary to confirm the agreement. Notaries can also administer oral oaths and affirmations that aren’t strictly connected to legal documents, as well as act as a jurat to confirm that the contents of a legal document are true. You may also wish to use a notary to witness signatures on important legal documents ranging from deposition transcripts created by court reporters to legal agreements made during mediation. Hiring a notary from the same company you use for court reporters can make the process of formalizing documents and transcripts faster and more efficient.

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  • Understanding Hearsay Testimony

    During legal proceedings, hearsay testimony is generally prohibited. When hearsay is mentioned by a witness, the court reporter is usually instructed to strike it from the legal deposition. When you hire a court reporter in San Jose for a deposition, he or she won’t be able to advise you about hearsay testimony, but you can ask that the testimony be removed from the deposition transcript if both sides agree.

    Hearsay is repeating the statement of someone who is not in court or testifying during a deposition, or using a written statement of someone not involved in the hearings. The reason hearsay is usually prohibited is that there is no way to prove that the statement was made or to investigate the credibility of the person who allegedly made the statement. This prevents impeachment of that testimony, which can unfairly compromise one side’s case.