Virtual Depositions: Benefits & Tips to Succeed

The 2020 pandemic forced litigation into a remote world, but virtual depositions are here to stay.

Litigation came to a halt at the start of the COVID pandemic, but when there seemed to be no end in sight, reluctant litigators were forced to continue their business remotely.

Safer-at-home restrictions quickly modernized the legal world. Litigators started conducting proceedings virtually and soon embraced the benefits that came with them.


Benefits of Virtual Depositions


Limits Travel

  • Virtual depositions can be conducted from nearly any location, avoiding the challenges that come with getting people to one location. This benefits parties who have limited time, are caregivers, or otherwise have travel limitations.


Reduces Costs

  • Virtual depositions cut costs associated with:
    • Travel accommodations for attorneys, deponents, court reporters, videographers, etc.
    • Conference rooms
    • Stenographer, videographer or interpreter hourly rates
    • Food, beverage & other necessary accommodations
    • Printing and shipping costs (eliminated due to electronic exchange of all documents)
    • Reduces fees and per diem rates for court reporters


Decreases Scheduling Conflicts

  • Litigation moves faster due to decreased scheduling conflicts.
    • Remote proceedings save time and eliminate the hassle of traveling, making it much easier to find a time when all parties can meet.


Greater Court Reporter Availability

  • To overcome the recent shortage of reporters, Magna Legal Services can provide a dual-certified court reporter to a virtual deposition even if they are out of state.
  • Court reporters can be available on much shorter notice.
  • Court reporters have more flexibility in their schedule due to the lack of travel; this allows attorneys to be more specific in deciding which court reporter they will use.


Enhances Privacy

  • Break-out rooms allow all parties to meet privately.
  • Magna Legal Services’ online platform, Magna LitigationVision, is fully encrypted and secure, protecting all log-in data and ensuring the privacy of every session.


Time Efficient

  • Limiting travel allows court reporters to get transcripts back to attorneys quickly, increasing the rate at which attorneys can close cases.
  • Video recording and editing can be sent electronically, avoiding delays.
  • Break out rooms make it faster for parties to have separate conversations whenever necessary.


Increases Organization

  • Everything is stored online, making misplacing exhibits and other important information a thing of the past.
  • All parties can receive instant access to electronic exhibits.

Click here to read how virtual depositions work.

Tips for A Successful Remote Deposition


Prepare for Connecting

  • Have your link to join the deposition handy, and make sure your witnesses have their links as well as instructions for the event. When you schedule your virtual deposition with Magna, we send your link in the body of a calendar invite so you have it on hand.
  • Ensure you and your party have contact information needed in case of any connection issues. Magna’s MLV techs are available by phone, email, and chat for the duration of your deposition.
  • If you and/or your witnesses are using virtual backgrounds, make sure they are set up in advance.


Plan Exhibits Ahead of Time

  • Organize all exhibits ahead of time to avoid delays or mistakes.
  • Name files appropriately and keep them easily accessible.
  • Consider using a deposition manager with Magna LitigationVision Plus (MLV+) to assist with seamless transitions between exhibits.
    • Send all necessary documents to MLV+ manager so exhibits are organized prior to the deposition. They will also share these documents with the court reporter.


Use a Deposition Manager with MLV+

  • Magna LegalVision Plus (MLV+) provides comprehensive session management operated by an experienced trial technician. MLV+ managers will provide seamless support throughout the entirety of your event. An MLV+ manager will handle:
    • Presenting exhibits, demonstratives, and videos
    • Real-time management of annotations, zooming, blow-ups, highlights, and markings
    • Creating and managing break-out rooms (including moving people between rooms, controlling room access, and ensuring confidentiality)


Prepare Your Witness Thoroughly

  • Virtual depositions allow for an up-close look at a witness’s facial expressions, make sure your witnesses are aware of this and are properly prepped.
  • Consider using an expert consultant to help your witness feel more in control of their testimony. Witness communication training can help witnesses develop a deeper understanding of the themes, context, and purpose of their testimony and correct behaviors that get in the way of positive perceptions.


Take Planned Breaks

  • Use a deposition manager with MLV+ to plan breaks ahead of time so all parties are aware of when they will have time to break and regroup.


Stay Concise

  • Virtual depositions involve looking at a computer screen for hours on end, so it is important to get to the point quickly in all aspects of a deposition in order to keep focus.


Avoid Technology Issues

  • Providers like Magna Legal Services will test all equipment and ensure that it is ready to be used, this will help avoid any connection issues and decrease technology related delays.
  • Rent necessary equipment or a hot-spot internet connection with Magna Flight Packs.
  • Perform platform training with MLV prior to the deposition (MLV works on all virtual meeting platforms).
  • Magna LitigationVision provides continuous tech support and monitoring during a deposition. If any tech issues arise during a deposition, a tech support professional will be available instantly with MLV’s chat feature.


Limit Distractions

  • Aim for a distraction-free environment to avoid delays and maintain professionality.
  • Use custom virtual backgrounds if needed to help limit any peripheral distractions.


Communicate Transcript Requests

  • Provide order requests and any special requests to the court reporter prior to the end of the deposition.

Virtual Depositions with Magna LitigationVision


Magna LitigationVision (MLV) is Magna’s virtual deposition platform, which gives you the ability to depose a witness from anywhere in the world. MLV provides clients with real-time video access to depositions, mediations, arbitrations, hearings, meetings, and other proceedings.

Virtual platform features include:

  • Schedule a Court Reporter, Videographer, or Interpreter to Join Remotely
  • Connection Using Computers, Tablets or Smartphones
  • Ability to Display and Annotate Your Exhibits
  • Instant Tech Support and Monitoring
  • Free Platform Training Prior to Proceeding
  • Remote Facilitation of Breakout Rooms
  • Free Custom Virtual Backgrounds
  • Certified Trial Directors/ Exhibit Managers (MLV+)
  • Certified Legal Videography
  • Technology agnostic – use your preferred platform

Analyzing & Monetizing Construction Defect Claims

Virtually all construction or property related decisions should be made with costs in mind. But some people are afraid of math.

Regardless of whether you’re an attorney, insurance professional, property owner, or manager, you need to be able to focus on the “vital few” issues, and virtually ignore the “trivial many.” This means knowing how much things cost – not to the penny, but rather a reasonable approximation. The best place to start, when working to make smart economic decisions, is on the BIG expensive issues. You begin by chopping a project into logical parts, and estimating the cost of those chunks, so you can see the forest AND the trees. The earlier in the process you do this, the better.

Magna Legal Services hosted a webinar on January 27, 2021 (recording below), which featured expert panelists explaining the framework behind analyzing and monetizing construction defect claims.

“There’s a lot of parties involved [in a construction defect case]. You have to understand the structure and you have to speak the language… whether it’s the folks on the ground or in the board room, you have to be able to do both,” said Paul Danner of Goldberg Segalla.

Aileen Schwartz of Hill International, Inc. says she makes sure to bring in experts early on to prevent dragging out litigation. “I’ve had cases that were brought in and there were no damages against us. If there are no damages, there is no case”, she said.

If the case ends up going forward, it’s important that it is not a jury trial, Aileen noted, saying “nobody on a jury wants to listen to your construction defect claim. They’re falling asleep. You really need a judge who knows what you’re talking about to hear the cases.”

Every party wants to get the case settled sooner to avoid costly and timely litigation. Magna’s Scott Horwtiz said “Magna’s jury consultants are getting involved more and more on the early side of things to test theories and test themes to see if a small amount of money up front could take care of all of this”.

When preparing your case, organization is key. Pete Fowler explained the importance of starting with “a discreet list of issues — whether its one issue, or hundreds of issues.” In conjunction with the list of issues, Fowler utilizes “a sensible list of costs associated with each issue, and a sensible list of all the people who might be involved with each of those issues.” “It gets to be this big horrible matrix,” he added.

Watch the full webinar recording below to hear our expert panel break down these complex cases.

This webinar originally aired live on 1.27.2021

Webinar details:

Panelists:
Pete Fowler, Founder, Pete Fowler Construction
Scott Horwitz, Esq., National Director of Graphics Consulting & Trial Presentation, Magna Legal Services
Aileen R. Schwartz, Senior VP, Sr. Corporate Counsel US & Privacy Officer, Hill International, Inc.

Moderated by:
Paul S. Danner, Esq., Partner, Goldberg Segalla

Presented by:
Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive Vice President of Sales, Magna Legal Services

Learn more about utilizing trial graphics & tutorials for complex cases here.

Click here to view a list of more upcoming webinars & conferences.

What to Expect from Magna in 2021

Hello, fellow COVID-19 haters! Like you, I can’t wait to slam the door on 2020. The year was a disaster for so many of us, both professionally and personally. To say the pandemic was difficult would be a ridiculous understatement. Magna LS would not have survived 2020 without our dedicated staff and network of kick-ass court reporters. Both groups have made taking virtual depos second nature. Lastly, I would like to extend a HUGE “Muchas Gracias” to all of our clients! Together, we found new and old litigation support tools to expedite our recovery and get our respective businesses back online. So, bye-bye 2020!  Here is what you can expect to see from us in 2021:

1. The same “No Charge” commitment we made in 2020 for our virtual depo platform will continue in full force in cities and states that are still struggling to reopen during the pandemic. Click HERE to schedule a virtual deposition.

2. More COVID-19 juror impact studies and complimentary “Results” roundtables. To learn more about our juror studies, contact me or your account rep at 866-624-6221. 

3. Two new brick-and-mortar offices. When the dust settles, visit our office space in Downtown LA and Fort Lauderdale, FL. More conference rooms with all the AV bells and whistles! Click HERE for a full list of Magna office locations.

4. My fingers are crossed and I’m knocking on wood in hopes that our mock trial fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “Chopped for CHOP”, will finally return on June 2nd and 3rd and I am super confident we will be doing some awesome unconventional conventioning with our “Battle of the Experts” seminar on October 6th and 7th at The W Hotel in South Beach, Miami! Click HERE to see our conference schedule.

5. Oh, yeah…. more webinars, both big and small. More CE & CLE courses. Click HERE to stay up to date on our webinars.

6. Lastly, our team is locked and loaded for travel as soon as the COVID coast is clear. So…. we will be seeing you in the flesh in 2021.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Kwanza and Happy New Year! I hate COVID-19!

Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive Vice President of Sales, Magna Legal Services

Updating & Translating Contracts and Important Documents

Translating Important Documents: Magna Language Services

Updating & Translating Contracts, Employee Handbooks, Disclosures, Signage & other Important Information

Covid-19 took the whole world by storm. Now more than ever, your communication needs to be up-to-date, informative and accurate — no matter what language it is read in.

To protect your organization from liability, make sure the documents/disclosures that matter most are regularly updated and accurately translated. A lousy translation can open your organization up to unwanted litigation, possibly offend others, or otherwise harm your credibility.

Use high-quality translations for the important stuff:

  • Employee Manuals, Policies & Procedures
  • Safety Protocols
  • Contracts & other Agreements
  • Disclosures
  • Website Language
  • Updates, Alerts & other Communication
  • Signage & Information Posters

Can I trust Google Translate?

Business Insider noted a bizarre Google Translate fail for translating a list of countries from English to Spanish. “Ten of the 30 countries got cut from Google’s version of the list, and for some reason, Honduras is repeated four times, while Guatemala and the United States appear twice”

Click here to read Business Insider’s full article, “4 times Google Translate totally dropped the ball”.

Machine translation engines like Google Translate don’t recognize context and also tend to translate more literally. If someone is viewing your website in another language, are you confident that what they are reading is accurate?

Magna offers post-machine translation review & editing. Our experienced translators will review existing translations for accuracy, saving you time and money versus translating from scratch.

However, translating from scratch will always give you the highest-quality translation while preserving the right context and tone.

Legal Translation Services

Magna Legal Services provides added value compared to traditional stand-alone translation agencies through first-hand industry expertise and knowledge of the specific needs of our clients.

Our translators are all college-educated professionals with extensive experience in legal, medical, technical and business fields.

All Magna translators sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, so your confidential information is always secure with us.

Translation Packages: Magna Language Services

Save 25 – 30% when you bundle your translation needs with Magna.
Magna offers custom-tailored translation solutions, so you only pay for what you need!

Whether you need one language or many, full translation from scratch or review/editing of existing translations, or a combination thereof — Magna can handle it all.

Please contact your Magna Account Representative or Leo Duran at [email protected] for a free quote!

Click to learn more about Magna’s Language Services

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Juries in a Post-Coronavirus World: New Lawsuits, New Exposure, New Juries!

This webinar originally aired live on July 22, 2020

We hosted a webinar on July 22nd “Juries in a Post-Coronavirus World: New Lawsuits, New Exposure, New Juries!“, to answer:
– What will juries and plaintiffs’ counsel do in a post COVID-19 world?
– What new lawsuits will be filed…and how will juries respond?

View the video above to hear our panelists discuss the new developments in defending Coronavirus lawsuits.

Moderated by:
Robert Tyson Esq., Tyson & Mendes, Partner

Panelists Include:
Mark Calzaretta, Magna Legal Services, EVP of Litigation Consulting
Richard Fabian, The RiverStone Group, Chief Strategy Officer
Stefanie Milch, Hallmark Financial Services, Vice President
Julia Macias, Sysco Corporation, Manager, Casualty Claims

Produced by:
Peter Hecht, Magna Legal Services, Partner & Executive VP of Sales

Q&A coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who tuned in!
Don’t miss any upcoming Magna webinars or conferences:

The Viability of Virtual Jury Trials

This webinar originally aired live on 7.1.2020

In May 2020, a Texas court held the nation’s first jury trial via Zoom.

Magna Legal Services held a panel discussion, “Viability of Virtual Jury Trials”, which featured Judge Emily Miskel, who presided over that case, as well as the Civil Jury Project and other expert panelists, as we explore the plausibility of virtual trials.

View the video above to watch our panelists debate the pros and cons of remote trials, and explain in practical terms how these virtual proceedings have actually been carried out.

Panelists:
Judge Emily Miskel, 470th District Court, Collin County, TX
Judge Mark A. Drummond, Circuit Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit of Illinois (Retired); Judicial Director, Civil Jury Project
Christine Carbo Marziotti, Senior Litigation Counsel, Phillips 66
Jeffrey Tillotson, Esq., Founder, Tillotson Law
Daniel Wolfe, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Director of Jury Consulting, Magna Legal Services

Moderated by:
Terrell W. Oxford, Esq. Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP

Produced by:
Peter Hecht, Partner & Executive VP of Sales, Magna Legal Services
Canby Wood, Esq., Business Development Manager, Magna Legal Services

You asked, we answered!
Here’s some questions that viewers raised during the program:

Are jurors ok with just using a smartphone in the virtual environment? Can they see exhibits? What about running out of battery and data on their plan?

A:  Yes, most of the jurors used a desktop, laptop or tablet but can use a smart phone if needed. They can see exhibits but understandably they will be harder to see given the size of the screen on most smart phones as compared to a computer, and we heard about exhibits being presented in couple different ways: through a document sharing application as well as through screen sharing. If jurors are using a smart phone we encourage them to have their charger handy so they can keep their phone charged, and if they are not using an unlimited data plan we encourage them to access wifi.

Will this virtual jury selection make it more likely for people with the proper access and data to be called for this type of jury duty?

A: Jury selection will still be conducted as it always has through the Jury Plan in each jurisdiction.  However, having access to technology and data is one of the biggest concerns to ensuring a representative cross-section of jurors for virtual jury trials.

How can we ensure that the jurors and/or parties are not messaging each other in private messages?
How can we ensure the jurors are not attending the trial on one screen and googling the issues being presented on another screen or their phone, and essentially introducing extraneous evidence and biases into their deliberation process? 
Furthermore, should the deliberation process be recorded and have it be available to the court for an in camera review in case of a juror misconduct complaint?

A: The thought is that regardless of whether the trial is being held in a building or virtually, these are human nature issues and they exist in both environments and should be addressed the same way: jurors are admonished and trusted unless evidence is produced otherwise. Also you can tell by watching the participants on zoom whether they are paying attention and focused on the trial, their behavior can be watched and there are tools to determine whether they are focused and participating.

What was used and the process of showing exhibits, arguing for and against the admissibility, and eventually publishing to the jury?

A: Document sharing sites were agreed to in advance and used. And it was important to make sure there was an “IT quarterback” who managed documents as well as participants moving in and out of “rooms”.

Did you find the jury voir dire to take a comparable amount of time or significantly longer/shorter?

A:  The process was actually more efficient but did not significantly differ than what would have likely occurred if in person.

Have any of your pandemic-era trials been hybrid with the attorneys and jury live and all or some witnesses remote?

A: Yes, and it’s the worst of both worlds. It required a lot of set up in advance to ensure technology for both, ensure social distancing, etc. Better to either do completely remotely, or all in-person.

Do we have any data that would help evaluate how long a juror could stay focused during a trial that goes beyond a few days?

A: Mr. Tillotson will be releasing the data from his survey projects in July and this is one of the issues he will address.  

Question to Christine Carbo Marziotti, do you think there is anything appealable based on process?

A: Yes, on due process grounds.

View Judge Drummond’s (Civil Jury Project) newsletter here

Thank you to everyone who tuned in!
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5 Tips for Retrieving Records for Car Accidents

Records for Car Accident Litigation

Car accidents happen far more often than we would like them to, and retrieving all the necessary records to help someone’s case is a must. This is why following the right steps and knowing what to look for when retrieving client’s medical records due to car accidents is extremely important.

Retrieving Records for Car Accidents

There are always important rules and guidelines to follow when retrieving medical records. When retrieving records due to a car accident there are a few extra steps to follow in order to get all of the information you need to build your case

Here are 5 main tips to follow and things to look for when retrieving records due to car accidents:

  1. Efficiency:

Car accidents are no joke, and neither are the injuries that may come along with them. Retrieving records in a fast and efficient way is a MUST during this process. Getting the records that are needed quickly will help build a client’s case in a timely manner with all the correct information that is necessary.

  1. Correct Confirmation:

In order to save some time and money during this process it is important to know where the records should be requested from. By doing this, it ensures that the records are being requested from the right office, as well as requesting those records from the right person. At times it can be tricky to determine how to properly serve the request due to high volume, and this leads to the records not being obtained as quickly. This is just one example on why using a record retrieval vendor can be a HUGE advantage because they help figure out all you need to know.

  1. Emergency Room Visits:

Something that is VERY important to keep in mind when retrieving medical records due to a car accident is that the ER bill and the hospital bill are separate bills. If a client went to the ER that you must get the records from the ER. It is commonly seen that the ER billing is forgotten when collecting records for a client’s case. The ER bill is extremely important because in the end it can help tremendously when it comes to the claim so that the client can get ALL of their bills paid for due to the accident.

  1. Know What You Need – Different Types of Records:

To get all the records that are necessary make sure records are gathered from ALL doctor visits. It is important to have a client’s records from an Urgent Care, Emergency Rooms, Primary Care Physician, as well as any tests that were done during these visits. If a client had to get an X-ray, CT scan, or an MRI done then those tests will be sent out to get a more detailed report, and this is a necessary bill that is needed for the case. If the client needed Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, or any other health care specialist visits that is also important to have records of. Claims records that are from prior accidents are needed, as well as prescription records to help show any medications that were provided.

  1. Driving Records:

Driving records can sometimes help or hurt the case, but they are still important to have on file. These files will help to see any previous driving records for both parties, such as seeing what their driving record looks like or if they have been hurt before in any previous motor vehicle accidents. Although, a poor driving record can’t always be used as evidence that the driver was driving carelessly at the time, but in some cases it can help bring more light to the surface and help the case.

This piece originally appeared on RecordTrak.com on January 17, 2020.

Magna Legal Services made industry news in January with the acquisition of RecordTrak, the most respected record retrieval firm based in the US. Collectively, our clients can now tap into 40 plus years of experience with exclusive access to RecordTrak‘s proprietary collection portal.

Record retrieval for insurance companies has some unique and specialized processes. RecordTrak’s online and invoicing systems accommodate these needs. Whether associated with multi-party record access, third party or e-billing, we’ve been there, done that. We work with you to customize the on-boarding protocols for your counsel so you’re in control.

For more information, email Magna Legal Services directly at [email protected], or contact Peter Hecht or your local account manager at 866.624.6221.

Magna Offices Re-Opening with Covid Precautions


We are excited to announce that although we have been able to seamlessly transition to 100% virtual platforms for our end-to-end litigation services, we are beginning to reopen our offices across the United States in accordance with local and federal orders.

In accordance with local and federal guidelines, the following main Magna offices will be reopening on the following dates:

1635 Market St, 8th/9th Floors
Philadelphia, PA 19103
June 8th

651 Allendale Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
June 8th

320 W. 37th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018
June 15th

190 South LaSalle St, Ste. 1220
Chicago, IL 60603
June 15th

633 West Fifth St, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
June 1st

130 Webster St, Ste. 100
Oakland, CA 94607
June 1st

110 SE 6th St, Ste. 1450
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Open Now

700 Milam St, Ste. 1300
Houston, TX 77002
Open Now

COVID PRECAUTIONS

In order to follow the sanitizing procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are taking the following precautions:

  • Magna will the maintain minimum necessary staff in each office to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any staff member who is not essential to office operations will continue to work from home.
  • A Magna staff member will be placed at each entrance with a thermometer to test all visitors. Any visitor or staff member exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms will be barred from entering Magna offices.
  • All visitors and Magna staff must wear masks.
  • All visitors and Magna staff are required to take appropriate measures to wash and sanitize their hands. Magna offices will be outfitted with numerous motion-detected hand sanitizers.
  • All Magna conference rooms will be equipped with sanitizing wipes for easy visitor use.
  • All visitors and staff are required to maintain six feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Magna will also be providing glass dividers in every conference room to lessen the spread of any germs between attendees of depositions.
  • Beverage service such as coffee and soda will continue, as well as “grab and go” food items which are individually wrapped. Magna will not be providing the usual breakfast and lunch service during this time.
  • All conference rooms will be sanitized following the conclusion of every deposition.
  • Additional cleaning at Magna offices will be provided throughout the day with a deep clean nightly by a professional cleaning service.

VIRTUAL DEPOSITIONS

All of our virtual depositions are still available via Magna Legal Vision (MLV). To schedule, click here or contact our scheduling department at [email protected].

Complex Medical Records, Made Simple

Medical Record Review + Litigation Support

With services like Nurse Review & HyperNav Records Navigator, Magna transforms complex medical records into easy-to-understand information, so you can focus on building a winning case.

Nurse Review

Our nurses will give you the litigation support and medical insight that you need to build your case. With a Nurse Review from Magna, you’ll receive your medical records with a summary, chronologically organized and prepared by a medical professional.

A Nurse Review will walk through the facts as they occurred, highlighting the key information and giving you an informed interpretation of the medical story at hand. Then, Magna’s Record Retrieval Portal will allow you to quickly and easily navigate through your documents.

Our experts will analyze all the medical records and get to the bottom of a difficult case efficiently and effectively. The Registered Nurses in our network have extensive experience with all medical specialties.

HyperNav Records Navigator

Your time is valuable. HyperNav Records Navigator makes record review quick & effortless:

  • Summary & Index tables provide all key information in one place
  • Everything chronologically organized
  • No more searching: Receive one PDF file with hyperlinks and bookmarks throughout
  • Seamless navigation: Each occurrence of key terms and provider/facility names are hyperlinked in the index table and highlighted throughout the PDF
  • Input new records anytime they come in discovery

CHRONOLOGY
All documents, summary table and index table are sorted by dates of service for easy navigation and a clear picture of the medical story at hand.

SUMMARY
The Summary Table at the beginning of the document includes the dates of service, a list of all clinical/diagnosis codes and key terms found, as well as a list of all the facilities/providers discovered.
Here, you will also find the CMS definitions for all referenced clinical/diagnosis codes and the National Provider Identifiers (NPI) for provider names.

INDEXING
With data indexing, you’ll find all key information in one place. HyperNav will extract the below values from your documents, organize them in an Index Table, and highlight each occurrence throughout the PDF.

  • Dates of Service
  • Facilities/Providers
  • Key Terms
  • Clinical/diagnosis codes

NAVIGATION: BOOKMARKING & HYPERLINKING
The HyperNav output combines everything into a single PDF file, with interactive hyperlinks and bookmarks throughout for quick and easy navigation.

No more scrolling:

  • Summary Table, Index Table and all individual documents are bookmarked
  • Page numbers and each key term occurrence are hyperlinked in the summary and index tables to bring you their respective locations
  • Return back to the Index Table at anytime with the link included in each page header

Record Retrieval & Discovery Support Services with Magna

Magna Legal Services made industry news in January with the acquisition of RecordTrak, the most respected record retrieval firm based in the US. Collectively, our clients can now tap into 40 plus years of experience with exclusive access to RecordTrak‘s proprietary collection portal.

For more information, email Magna Legal Services directly at [email protected], or contact Peter Hecht or your local account manager at 866.624.6221.

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Judicial Modernization: Introducing Magna LegalVision

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that industries all over the world have had to operate, and the legal field is no exception. Judicial practice and the interpretation of law must continue regardless of the Coronavirus or any other emergency factor. 

In response, law firms and legal entities must now pivot their focus from traditional methods to the latest in technological advancements in order to get the job done. That’s where Magna Legal Service’s LegalVision (MLV) online deposition platform comes into play. 

Magna is offering free video services, technical support, and custom virtual backgrounds for all April and May depositions, using Magna LegalVision.

What is Magna LegalVision?

With social distancing and widespread quarantines in effect across the country, law firms have had to get creative in order to carry out their duties. Fortunately, there is a virtual option available for conducting online witness depositions.  

Magna LegalVision is a virtual solution that allows law professionals to conduct online witness depositions remotely. The LegalVision platform allows legal professionals to engage in real-time hearings, mediations, and depositions using nothing more than a laptop, PC, tablet, or even a mobile phone.

How Does LegalVision Work?

Magna’s LegalVision platform allows you to conduct your firm’s necessary business while keeping you and your clients safe and in compliance with state rules regarding social distancing. Our full suite of features helps your team work confidently and with peace of mind by employing safe and secure technology.  

Our platform’s suite of features includes secure, fully-encrypted video streaming to assure your information stays confidential. 

We take care of all the necessary staffing for your deposition. With Magna LegalVision, we can provide:

  • A remote court reporter
  • An online legal videographer with the ability to swear in witnesses
  • Online interpreters
  • A deposition manager, who will present your exhibits and demonstratives, manage annotations, and manage breakout rooms (moving people in between rooms, controlling room access and overseeing confidentiality)

Our tech support team will be with you throughout your entire hearing. Our platform provides a completely customizable experience where you can use a virtual background and dictate how the participants are displayed on screen. Our platform even allows you to chat securely and privately with other participants even while key witnesses are speaking.

Our tech services can also help to display evidence exhibits remotely and in real time. Your evidence is displayed in a format with legal professionals in mind. Using LegalVision’s powerful tools, participants are able to annotate and otherwise mark up evidence as it is presented and share those annotations with other participants securely using our in-app messenger function. Our IT services can build a database of your evidence and package it into an easy-to-decipher presentation format for those involved. We can even use the software platform to record the deposition for you and your client(s) to review. 

With the included court reporter service, you’ll experience a near-instantaneous stream of your transcript even as testimony is happening. Our on-demand service provides your legal team with an indexed, searchable version of the transcript giving you powerful, remote tools that provide you with the leverage you need. You can rely on Magna Legal Services to keep your online deposition running smoothly and efficiently throughout the process.

Modernizing Your Law Firm

These are trying times for everyone. Businesses that fail to adapt to the changing climate, with its unique demands and difficult social constraints, run the risk of losing out. Your firm needs to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. The Magna LegalVision online deposition platform is the point of differentiation that you need to rise above your competition. 

We invite you to take advantage of Magna’s online deposition solutions with MagnaLegalVision. Schedule a remote video deposition via email or the website today.