How to check if a deposition subpoena is valid, Sup Court California, LA County, Northeast Div

Received a deposition subpoena from a process server to 1) appear in person on Memorial day at an attorneys office to be deposed and 2) produce documents relating to the case.This is a Civil case of a friend of mine against a real estate agent about false statements from the realtor during the sale of a house to my friend.The Dep Subpoena does not have any stamps or marks relating to being filed with the Superior Court other than a case #.This appears to be an annoyance tactic. do I have to respond to the subpoena

Asked on May 16, 2009 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you were served in hand and the document is signed by a lawyer, then i would say thart you have to be there.  I would need to actually see the document, but it appears that the notice of depo/subpoena is legit.  If you fail to show up you could be ordered by a court to attend. If you are busy that day, call the lawyer that noticed the depo and ask him/her to reschedule.  Not appearing is against the law.  Plus, if you are trying to help your friend here, then you should want to attend; right?


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