Akron, OH asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio

Q: I was recently subpoenaed as an expert witness (Mental Health Professional) by a client's attorney. Who should pay me?

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Expert witnesses are hired, not subpoenaed. Witnesses who are subpoenaed into court are usually fact witnesses and their compensation is provided by the court and is exceedingly minimal. When you hire an expert to testify on your client's behalf your client generally pays for them and there is no subpoena because you are paying them to come testify for you and there is therefore no need for a court order dragging them down to the courthouse. What type of case is it and what do they want from you?

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