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A QUESTION FOR OUR PARTNERS: Q: What do you do if you forget to swear in the witness? A:As soon as you realize the omission, stop the proceeding and place the witness under oath using an amended oath. By Rosalie Kramm, CSR – Principal, San Diego, CA Court reporter boards across the country periodically receive calls from frazzled court reporters who inadvertently forgot to swear in the witness, and the deposition had started. I know sometimes when an attorney says, “Let’s go on the record, I need to make a statement,” and then there is a colloquy between counsel, everyone’s timing gets off. The attorneys make their record, ...
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A QUESTION FOR OUR PARTNERS: Q: What do you do if you're running late to a proceeding? A: If there is the slightest chance you are going to be late, immediately contact the reporting agency so they are aware of the situation and can advise the client of a possible delay. By Jan Schmitt – RPR, CSR, CCR – Principal, Washington Oftentimes, through no fault of your own, you are late to a proceeding. If there is the slightest chance you are going to be late, immediately contact the reporting agency so they are aware of the situation and can advise the client of a possible delay. Be sure to realistically estimate your time of arrival. ...
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A QUESTION FOR OUR PARTNERS: Q: The Assignment Goes Longer Than Anticipated? A: When accepting an assignment, you should be prepared for the unexpected. By Joe Grabowski – RMR – Principal, Maryland In spite of everything in place to get an estimated length of time an assignment will last, attorneys and their staff don’t always know, or something unexpected happens during the proceeding that makes it go longer than anticipated. When accepting an assignment, you should be prepared for the unexpected. If you’re in a situation where you have to be finished by a certain time no matter what, best practice is to let everyone know ...
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A QUESTION FOR OUR PARTNERS Q: One party wants to go off the record; another party does not! What should I do? A: The court reporter’s job is to make the record. Never go off the record unless all parties have consented to do so. By Jan Ballman – FAPR, RPR, CMRS – Principal, Minneapolis This scenario is generally encountered in proceedings that have turned acrimonious. A dynamic the reporter may encounter in this situation is the Noticing Attorney directing you to go off the record “because I hired you.” As well, someone may declare, “If you stay on the record, I refuse to pay for that part of the transcript.” ...
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A QUESTION FOR OUR PARTNERS: What do you do if one of the parties walks off with one or all of the exhibits? By Jan Ballman – FAPR, RPR, CMRS – Principal, Minneapolis A: As reporters, we are guardians of the record. The exhibits are a big part of the record that need guarding. Taking guardianship of the exhibits looks different in remote proceedings versus in-person depos , so let’s take them separately. IN-PERSON DEPOSITIONS: It’s imperative to maintain laser focus on where exhibits are placed after they have been introduced. Often exhibits are stacked in front of the witness after they have been discussed. ...
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THANK YOU TO RENEE F. JONES FOR CARING DURING COVID-19! We applaud Renee, who is recording encouraging messages for the ProHealth Home Health Hospice hotline. READ HER FULL STORY HERE > https://www.veritext.com/ rj-covidcare
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THANK YOU TO COURT REPORTER SANDY VANDERPOL FOR CARING DURING COVID-19! We applaud Sandy, who donated extra computers to a high school in need of devices for distance learning! READ HER FULL STORY HERE > http://ow.ly/ORd750zKJR
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THANK YOU TO KIM BILLINGSLY FOR CARING DURING COVID-19! We applaud Kim, who is volunteering for the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) which provides crisis intervention, stress management, prayer, financial help, household goods, housing assistance, emotional support and so much more. READ HER FULL STORY HERE > http://ow.ly/DmdK50zHM6
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We trust that you are healthy, safe and well. We had recently sent you a communication to let you know we are planning to re-open many of the Veritext offices for onsite proceedings beginning June 1st. However, we have updated/delayed some of the re-opening dates due to updated municipal guidance or executive orders. VIEW THE MOST CURRENT LIST OF OFFICES TO BE RE-OPENED AND THE DATES > As executive orders and guidance are continually adjusting during these changing times, we expect there will be updates to this list on a regular basis, so please check back often. The health and safety of our employees, clients and independent contractors ...
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After reading about how Rochelle Burnett-Baum is creating cards for seniors with her son, Rich Antoneck (Veritext President and CFO) was inspired to involve his kids in Veritext Cares! Pictured below is Blake (age 5) packing up and dropping off food at a local Livingston, NJ food bank. Thank you so much Rich and Blake for sharing your care
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Thank You to Ellie Corbett Hannum for Caring During COVID-19! We applaud Ellie, who is volunteering with the Delaware Ministry of Caring to serve breakfast to those in need. READ HER FULL STORY HERE > http://ow.ly/oyXO50zwQ
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THANK YOU TO BRIANNE FUELLHART FOR CARING DURING COVID-19! We applaud Brianne, who is creating snack care packages for hospital workers! READ HER FULL STORY HERE > http://ow.ly/FCv250zK
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Why Does My Back Hurt?

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Why Does My Back Hurt? Back, Neck and Shoulder Care By Jan Schmitt, RPR, CSR, CCR | Veritext-Washington This article was originally published on the Schmitt Reporting & Video, A Veritext Company Blog. Have you got a sore lower back? If so, here’s why: Lower cross syndrome is an imbalance that can cause dysfunction, pain, and an over-arching of the low back. It is a combination of weak abdominal muscles, weak gluteus, and tight hip flexor as well as lower back. This Syndrome creates an anterior tilt of the pelvis, putting excessive stress on the back. Physical inactivity, poor exercise techniques, ...
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Today we want to acknowledge and applaud Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, Court Reporter from Indiana! "I have shared my masks with the assisted living facility in my neighborhood, a group home that a friend manages, a nurse care manager who has clients in several nursing homes in the area, and, of course, friends and family. Sewing these masks helps empower me during a very disempowering time. It’s good to know that I can do this one thing to help out when I know there are so many suffering with this virus and so many first-responders putting their lives on the line. We will get through this!
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This article is republished with permission from the April 16, 2020 edition of Law Technology Today: Moving Forward in the Wake of Travel Restrictions , by Mike Murray, Director of Client Solutions for Veritext Legal Solutions. COVID-19 is causing a disruption in the way we travel, work and attend events. Being in close quarters with people, especially larger groups, is something everyone is trying to stay away from. Every day, we are hearing about additional conferences that are canceling or postponing and travel bans that are limiting where we can go. We are also hearing from the folks we work with regularly – clients, reporters, videographers ...
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Today we want to acknowledge and applaud Rochelle Burnett-Baum, Veritext Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA: "I have been making greeting cards with my 5-year-old son (pictured above) to send to hospice patients with the hope that it will help to brighten their day! Many local nursing homes are restricting visitors & families so hospice patients are not being visited during this virus outbreak. We’re enjoying drawing pictures & writing thoughtful notes to the patients." Cre ate a card for a hospice patient | Love For The Elderly: https://lovefortheelderly.org
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Find Your Inner Picasso!

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Do you have kids at home? Or, are you looking for a shelter-in-home activity? Try your hand at our creative challenge! THE VERITEXT SHELTER-IN-HOME CREATIVE CHALLENGE For a decade mankind has gazed upon the Veritext logo and wondered . . . WHAT IS IT? A paper airplane? An intergalactic hairstyle? Two roads diverging in a yellow wood? Should it be filled with paisley or popcorn? Download the coloring page and show us what you see! After you’ve handcrafted your masterpiece send your creation title, name, age, and photo with your artwork to news@veritext.com to be placed in our virtual gallery . We look forward to sharing the creation
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Veritext Deeply Appreciates You! (#It's Appreciation Week) Thank you for all of your hard work, perseverance, dedication and more! We are so honored and grateful to work with you. Here is a jazzy e-card to show you just how muc
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Share Your Care - Paul Simpson

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Today we would like to acknowledge and applaud Paul Simpson, Veritext Senior Technical Services Specialist from Baltimore. MD: "Right before the majority of businesses shut down I purchased a low-end 3D printer as a way to learn some new skills while our family is in isolation. At first, I was printing toys for my two young girls to keep them busy, but I soon found out about projects that were in the works to use this technology to fight the pandemic. I recently found out ab out a local group here in Baltimore called We The Builders that is crowdsourcing the printing of face shields. The pieces are then assembled and delivered to hospitals that requested them. ...
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Share Your Care - Dion Rupa

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Today we would like to acknowledge and applaud Dion Rupa, Veritext Bankruptcy Manager from Mineola, NY: “I am part of the 3D printing community and we are doing all we can right now to supply those in need of masks and shields. I already had one 3D printer but purchased another -- one prints various plastics and the other one resin. With the two printers I can now create both face masks and face shields at the same time. Each mask takes about 4 hours to print and is made fro m PLA plastic. These masks are reusable and washable. The only thing that needs to be changed is the small filter that is housed in the front. I am working on sourcing a filter than ...
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