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The Importance of Accurate Meeting Minutes

Got a meeting? Here is why MEETING MINUTES should be kept. Accurate meeting minutes are an essential part of city, town, engineering, corporate, government and any other meeting. Why? To create an official record of what transpires.  Minutes are an invaluable source when questions arise regarding project status, responsibility, and implementation. Minutes are recorded and […]

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Your Ideal Court Reporter – What To Look For!

When it is essential to have an exact legal record of what people said in court, the services of a Court Reporter is needed. The Court Reporter’s primary function is to quickly capture an accurate record of all communications during legal proceedings. It is important they have mastered the skills necessary to produce a transcript […]

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“The Best Stories are Told by Liars!”

Discussing Restraining Orders and Appeals An Attorney Profile of John Siskopoulos John V. Siskopoulos is a founding partner of Siskopoulos Law Firm, LLP, focusing on appellate and civil litigation and chronicled in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  Reach him at 617-959-1628, or,, or at  Interviewer Liz Tice With significant experience in handling restraining orders […]

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Carl A. Cathcart

Is There A Tree In Court: YES!!!

Meet Expert Witness Carl Cathcart Trees don’t grow in court, but their legal issues do!  Expert Tree Witness Carl Cathcart has been in federal and state courts testifying about tree law for 40 years. Trees and Golf Regularly golfing at Fort Devens, this golfer also worked there.  At day’s end, wind blowing or not, he […]

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Attorney Kate Godin

A Tale of Two… States! How Drastically Different Appellate Practice is Between MA and RI

ATTORNEY KATE GODIN represents both private and indigent clients in their criminal and/or sex offender appeals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A Tale of Two… States! Through her practice, she has noticed how different not only the rules and procedures are for appeals, but that two states can treat similarly situated appellate clients… differently. In her […]

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3 Tips For a Great Deposition

3 Tips For an Attorney and a Court Reporter – Result: A Great Deposition The relationship between a court reporter and an attorney is special. Believe it or not, attorneys cannot do certain parts of their job without the help of court reporters or transcription services. But attorneys can do 3 little things to enhance […]

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Should Page Rates Be the Only Consideration?

Court reporting is a competitive business. Page rates are the cost per page that a court reporting firm charges for their services and rates differ from one court reporting firm to the next. There is pressure to select the lowest page rate but this is not the best way to select a court reporting firm. […]

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Depositions Don’t Have to Be Boring – Part II: Questions & Answers

Q. When you got to the hospital, did you see any doctors? A. Yes, they were everywhere. You know this deposition isn’t going to be boring! Sometimes it seems like the questions asked in a deposition are always the same. The answers are usually not surprising. Occasionally, though, you wonder if you pulled the short straw […]

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Depositions Don’t Have to Be Boring – Part I: Location

Here at OSPlus our Court Reporters take a lot of depositions – normally in offices or conference rooms. But sometimes depositions are held in other places when a person cannot travel to your office, they are in another state, disabled, hospitalized or in jail requiring you to find a different location or utilize video conferencing […]

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3 Myths About Transcription

          1. Transcription is easy and fast This is a myth because transcribing audio depends on several factors. Some of the things that influence the ease of transcription include: format required  the quality of the audio how clear the voice recorded is (for example – an accent) the number of persons […]

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