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Testimony

If testimony should become necessary, we charge a fixed-rate fee (listed on your order form) as a non-refundable* retainer due per day, or partial day, of testimony or travel, and all days must be continuous. There is no extra charge for our testimony preparation (e.g. document review, phone calls, correspondence), ground transportation (e.g. driving, parking, tolls, rentals, cabs, gas), accommodations (e.g. room, tax, fees), and incidentals (e.g. meals, materials), regardless of our costs or the number of our hours required.

Testimony will be based solely upon the evidence in accordance with professional standards, regardless of the Client's preferred outcome.

Testimony dates are reserved, and travel arrangements made, once payment in full is received. Travel is portal-to-portal from Van Nuys, California and rescheduling can be done only once without consuming the first day's testimony fee as a cancellation-administrative fee. Upon advance request, testimony can be charged by costs and hours incurred, which will typically exceed our fixed daily rate.

If expert testimony requires airline travel, ticketing fees, including any change/cancel fees, are the sole responsibility of Client. Travel must use Burbank (BUR) or Los Angeles (LAX), and be non-stop business class, except when unavailable. Flight times should account for potential delays caused by weather, security, or traffic. If extra days become required for causes beyond Mr. Carner's control (e.g. flight delays-cancellations, traffic, changes by the court, etc...), those extra days shall be owed as additional testimony-travel days by Client. Refundable tickets are highly recommended.

*In the event my testimony travel becomes unnecessary, or an early return to Van Nuys becomes possible, unused days will be refunded less expenses incurred (as a result of that change in travel plans), less our hourly rate for preparation work performed (capped at 4 hours).


DEPOSITION: My hourly fee is $450 (paid by the deposing party) plus $250 per hour of travel or wait time (paid by the hiring party). You can avoid my travel fee, and increase the odds of my availability, by selecting a venue near the intersection of the 101 & 405 freeways in the valley of Los Angeles.

Here are a few local firms that provide their conference room and a California Certified Court Reporter:
    A Edelist Deposition Service Inc  (818-788-3376)
    HM Mannis Jeffrey & Co  (818-990-1770)
    Mannis Jeffrey & Co  (818-990-1770)
    US Legal Support  (818- 995-0600)

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