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Skype for Your Remote Depositions

Attorneys looking for ways to reduce the cost of taking or attending remote depositions are turning to Skype and learning the strengths of this long-established video chat application.

What is Skype?

Blue and white Skype logo Skype is a free downloadable software application that enables users to make voice calls, video chat and share documents in a multiuser environment, making remote depositions suddenly become an affordable alternative to video conference and telephone conference depositions.

Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky, with court reporting offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky has seen an increase in the number of requests for Skype depositions.  Our experience with Skype over the past few years leads us to believe that since Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype in 2011, attorneys are increasingly embracing Skype as a cost-effective way to take and attend remote depositions, thereby avoiding the high cost of travel and negating the need for video conferencing which can run into hundreds of dollars an hour.

A brief history of Skype

Skype was first released in August of 2003.  eBay acquired Skype from its developers in September 2005.  In 2009 eBay subsequently sold 65% of Skype to American private equity firm, Silver Lake and its partners.  Finally in May of 2011 industry-leading software giant Microsoft, who remains its current owner, bought Skype for $8.5 billion.

Why attorneys turn to Skype for remote depositions

1.  Price – Skype beats its competition hands down.  Skype-to-Skype video calls are free, while Skype-to-mobile and Skype-to-landline pay-as-you-go rates start at just a penny a minute.

2.  Travel costs – avoid the high cost of airline tickets, hotel, meals, and cab fares.

3.  Eliminates downtime – Deposition prep time is key to getting the most out of any deposition.  With Skype you can prepare for your deposition in the comfort of your own office right up to the very last minute.

4.  Interaction – With the ability to not only hear, but also see the witness, attorneys can gauge reaction and demeanor while questioning the witness.

5.  Document exchange – With the click of your mouse, you can securely exchange and share documents and photos.

6.  Security – All Skype-to-Skype voice, video, file transfers and instant messages are encrypted. This protects you from potential eavesdropping by malicious users.

Want to get started? 

If you think Skype may be right for your next remote deposition, here’s what you’ll need:

1.  Go to Skype.com and download the latest version for your device.

2.   Internet connection – broadband is best.

3.  Computer or mobile phone with built-in speaker and microphone (external headset with microphone will also work).

4.  A webcam or computer-enabled or device-enabled camera to make video calls

5.  Check System Requirements for Skype to make certain your system or device is compatible.

6.  Everyone on group video calls will need Skype 5.0 for Windows or Mac, or higher, plus    webcams.

7.   For best quality Skype recommends you use a high-speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down/512kbps up and a computer with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor. As a minimum you’ll need   a high-speed broad connection of 512kbps down /128kbps up and a computer with a 1 GHz processor.

Here’s how to make a group video call (Skype for modern Windows)

From Skype.com:

With Skype you can enjoy group video calls with up to 10 people (including yourself), anywhere in the world.

Although mobile device users cannot initiate a group video call, they can join it.

To set up a group:

  1. Start Skype.

2.  Tap or click the Group icon at the top-left of the screen.

 Blue and white Skype icons

3.  Select the contacts you want to have in your group instant message.

4.  As you add contacts to the group chat, they’ll appear at the bottom of the screen. When you’ve added everyone you want, click add.

    Blue and white Skype navigation bar

5.  Click the video call button.  Blue and white Skype video camera icon

Having problems with the video on your group call? Your camera might not be working properly with Skype, but don’t worry; this guide can help you sort it out.

If your camera is working properly, check this guide to make sure your camera, microphone, and speakers are properly set up.

 

 

Write it Down!

Court Reporters, Get it Right! 

After the deposition, a court reporter usually asks, “Would you like a large transcript, condensed, E-transcript, E-Transcript only, or would you like all of the above?”
The first attorney may say, “I’ll take a large transcript, a condensed transcript, and an E-Transcript.”
The second attorney may say, “I’ll take a large transcript only, but call my assistant, Gina, and see if we take an E-Transcript, too.”
That’s just the first two transcript orders and you’ve got three more orders to go.   If you want to save yourself a few calls later for “clarification,” or because your memory “just isn’t what it used to be” WRITE IT DOWN!
If an attorney tells you he’s changed firms or he has a new address, don’t rely on your memory.  By the time you get around to scoping and proofing the deposition transcript, there’s a good chance you’ll have forgotten what was said and then you’ll have to spend (waste) time researching the answer.  If you want to save yourself time and aggravation, WRITE IT DOWN!
Let’s say there’s a trial date at the end of the month, but there’s a mediation in two weeks.  They’d like the transcript by the 10th.  You think you’ll never forget that date because you’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then, sync the video to the text and upload the video and synced transcript to your online repository.  Keep yourself on track as the days zip by, know the date its due – WRITE IT DOWN!
In these days of information overload, rush transcripts, and production demands, it’s easy to forget something, but there is one way to cut down on errors, and it’s easy enough – WRITE IT DOWN!

 

Court Reporting – The Joy is in the Journey

As a court reporter and deposition videographer with Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky, our clientele is diverse.  I often find myself on the road, traveling more miles than I care to think of. I don’t mind too much though, I really enjoy the freedom that comes with being a working freelance court reporter or deposition videographer. I just pack up my car with my machines, soft drinks, snacks, and if need be, lunch. I have my radio, CDs and GPS to keep me company

I live and work in Kentucky. As a matter of fact, our office covers all of Kentucky so, as I said, I’m on the road for miles and miles at a time. I’ve got a Toyota Camry Hybrid and that does help the cost of filling up my gas tank, but the road is always before me, I’m either coming or I’m either going.

Kentucky is a beautiful state, the Bluegrass State they call it, and it’s no wonder, when the tall grass of horse country blows in the cool breezes of spring and summer in waving fields of blue and green.  Kentucky is a diverse state, big ciities, small towns and miles and miles of state roads surrounded by woodland and farmlands. Deer Crossing and Falling Rock signs abound, so you have to keep an eye out.  But that’s not what this court reporter and deposition videographer keeps an eye out for. This Kentucky court reporter keeps an eye out for barns, quilted barns, to be exact.

If you don’t know, or have never seen one, a quilted barn is not a fabric barn, or even a barn covered by fabric, it’s a barn, typically an older or historic barn with a square-shaped sign that’s been painted in the pattern of a quilt block, and made for display on the side of a barn.  They’re typically colorful, geometric, and eye candy to anyone driving on a country road.

“There, there’s one,” I’ll say to my videographer or court reporter companion as we drive along the winding back roads of Kentucky on our way to take a deposition, hearing, or arbitration.  We make a mental note of where we spotted the quilt barn and hope there’s still enough daylight left as we leave the deposition to stop, get out, and take a picture of our hidden treasure, or treasures, if we’re lucky enough to spot a few that day.  Yes, I’ve gotten out in the rain, pulled up in a stranger’s drive, to get the picture of my artwork on a barn.

My court reporting firm, Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky, covers the entire state, and most drives are good, but some are better than others.  There’s nothing like seeing one, two, three, or a whole trail of quilted barns to bring a smile to my face and make the ride an adventure.

If you’d like to learn more about my travels and Kentucky quitled barns I see, please watch these youtube videos to see some of what I’ve been lucky enough to see as I travel the back roads as a Kentucky Court Reporter.

     Barn Quilts Dot the Bluegrass

    Kentucky Barn Quilts

 

Kentucky Map shows areas covered by Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky

Kentucky Statewide Court Reporters & Video

Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky is headquartered in Louisville, KY, yet many days you’ll find our court reporters and legal deposition videographers on the road. A typical week finds us with video depositions and steno depositions scheduled anywhere in Kentucky Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, GeorgetownLexington, London, Nicholasville, Northern Kentucky, Owensboro, Paducah – anywhere, and we cover them all.  When a client calls, Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky has the professional office staff to balance a busy book with a clear, cool head, and a bit of humor. Our court reporters and legal deposition videographers are dedicated professionals, most with advanced degrees, and the well-rounded knowledge to get the job done.

When booking a job with Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky, you’ll get the quality, experience, and professionalism you’re looking for.  You’ll find our pricing fair and competitive, and remember, there is NEVER A TRAVEL FEE!

Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky has meeting rooms available throughout the state of Kentucky.  Call our office today at (502) 671-8110 with your date, time, and location and let us book a deposition room and court reporter for you.  Deposition videographers are always available, too.

When you become a client of Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky, you can reap the benefits of all we have to offer, so contact us today to see what we can do for you!

Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky

200 S. Fifth Street

Suite 610 North

Louisville, Kentucky 40202

(502)  671-8110

linda@taylorcourtreporters.com

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