How does a witness who is located in another state testify in a Minnesota guardianship or conservatorship proceeding? Minn. Stat. 524.5-606 is instructive.
- “other means allowable in this state for testimony taken in another state” or by
- telephone or other electronic means (although the statute doesn’t specifically state, presumably this would mean via things like Skype)
- cost (depositions are costly);
- how important the witnesses testimony is (if it is important, usually “live” testimony, even if it is via telephone, would generally be preferable, in case the Court has questions for the witness);
- how effective/compelling the witness is (if the witness would make a compelling witness, “live” telephone testimony may be more convincing than the court reading a deposition transcript.