Witnesses' Guide is an inexpensive, sensible way to
avoid the most common major mistakes witnesses make when they give testimony in
the U.S. or Canada. A copy of Witnesses' Guide should be given to each person
you have headed for the witness stand.
Telling your story
The problem is how to tell our side of the
story to strangers when we know how difficult just getting our family and
friends to understand what we are trying to tell them. The thought of a hostile
attorney firing trick questions at us in front of a crowded courtroom causes
terror in the bravest.
Our problems are further aggravated if the
outcome of our case depends heavily on the testimony of other witness's. Our
strongest supporters can turn into our worst legal nightmare in a matter of
minutes under the skilled questioning of the opposition's attorney. A marginal
witness with important testimony could destroy your entire case. A negative
legal decision can alter the rest of our lives or be a matter of enormous
amounts of money.
Big corporations employ skilled seasoned
professionals who spend many hours and a great deal of money preparing their
witnesses for deposition and court in order to minimize potential damage and
maximize their witnesses testimony. Most of us do not have the experience in
court or vast company resources.
The average pre-appearance
interview time an attorney spends with a witness before testimony is less than
an hour. There is virtually no actual `witness testimony preparation' time
before most appearances. Consequently a witness without proper understanding and
expectation is subject to fear and surprise which will prevent the witness from
doing a proper job. Even the most dedicated attorney cannot completely prepare
you and each of your witnesses for this important experience. Since you have the
most to gain or lose you must make sure you and your witnesses produce the
results you need.
Going to court is easier with this information!
By P. E Foret "Dad Foret" (Nashville, TN)
I have two books by this writer. This is another great resource.
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Buy B-4 You Go To Court!
By Jackie Runge (Palm Springs, CA)
Hands on information. Very user friendly. For deposition or
court. Makes the process easy to understand.
Amazing range of information for any witness!
By A Customer
My attorney recommended it to me and it really helped. If you
are a primary litigant or have been forced to testify. I have a
much better understanding of how I fit into the process and how
the system works. I highly recommended this book for anyone who
must appear in court.
Most Important Birthday Gift I Got This Year.
By "dadof4sons" (Modesto, CA United States)
When asked what I wanted, I would say there isn't anything I
need. With the stress of family court facing me I couldn't enjoy
even my birthday. My best friend came through again. The copy of
'Witness Guide' he gave me as a gift has eased the burden
considerably. Easy to read with sound advice. I needed it for my
child custody case and ended up using it for a company
deposition. I highly recommend this book.
By "artafterlunch" (colorado)
Great book for a first time visitor to court-it will help you
relax and understand the basics of body language, what to say,
not to say etc. A must for someone who must testify.
I bought it on an Amazon recommendation!
By Jodi Lincon (Firebird Lake, AZ)
I find Hardwick's research and insight to be valuable. I highly
recommend this book for anyone facing testimony, deposition or
any kind of court case. I bought it for my child custody case
and ended up using it for going to court for my employer. Good
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The "Art" of Testifying.
By FRTC site review
Hardwick has written an invaluable manual on the "art" of
testifying. With practical advice on clothing, appearance,
demeanor and behavior, the Guide covers the subject
comprehensively, something we've come to expect from the author,
who has also written "Win Your Custody War", the "bible" of
custody battle advice and guidance.
With 17 chapters, the Guide covers everything from "What Is A
Witness?" to "Perjury" and "Deposition", to name just a few.
Since the Guide is written in a semi-formal tone, it's easy to
read and understand. Author Hardwick explains everything in
plain language with plenty of examples.
The Guide covers common "traps" that the opposing attorney may
set for you, including an explanation of how the trap works, why
its use may be improper, and some good sample responses to these
traps. Understanding this section will give you a powerful
advantage in court. The opposing counsel won't be able to
intimidate you (something they count on), and this all by itself
will throw them off balance.
An excellent book to give to anyone who may have to testify for
you. We also found the material in the Guide to be slightly more
detailed than the material in "Win Your Custody War".
The Guide has a Glossary that describes and defines many legal
terms relevant to court proceedings. You can actually get quite
an education just by reading the Glossary. As with the rest of
the Guide, the Glossary is written for the layman and keeps
legal jargon to a minimum.
Based on price as well as content, we rate the Witness Guide as
a 5-star resource (on a scale of 1 to service to it's members,
and is not affiliated with the authors or Pale Horse Publishing.
The FRTC site receives no compensation of any type for producing
this review, and does not receive any compensation for sales of