Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Germany.
We organize U.S. depositions in Germany several times per month. Germany is a special case for conducting depositions: officially,all depos you take in Germany must happen at the United States Consulate in Frankfurt.
Although organizing depositions in Germany can have its challenges, we have found that by taking the right steps you can be sure to make it a success. Follow these basic guidelines and your next deposition in Germany will run as smoothly as it would in the U.S.
Planning a deposition in Germany can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. With all the rules and regulations it is easy to get lost in the mix. But have no fear! At Optima Juris we have been successfully organizing depositions in Germany for the past 15 years
Germany uses the Euro. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout Germany visit weather.com.
To tip the cabbie, round up. In restaurants, leaving 10 percent is a reasonable tip for good service. Even a five percent tip is acceptable, especially if you've only ordered a beer or small item.
Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Germany here: timeanddate.com/holidays/germany/.
Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Germany. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Germany country page or contact the German Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.
BERLIN, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, BER
COLOGNE/BONN, Cologne Bonn Airport, CGN
DÜSSELDORF, Düsseldorf Airport, DUS
FRANKFURT, Frankfurt Airport, FRA
HAMBURG, Hamburg Airport, HAM
MUNICH, Munich Airport, MUC
STUTTGART, Stuttgart Airport, STR