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Very few therapists relish the idea of being served with a subpoena to testify in court. To alleviate some of the common concerns therapists may have upon receiving such a subpoena, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. details what therapists should consider and what to expect when served with a subpoena to testify in court.

Part of the deal of being a therapist is responding to subpoenas, should the need arise. Therapist should have a working knowledge of the laws pertaining to the preparation and service of subpoenas.

This article explains the laws regarding subpoenas and the ethical standards pertaining to serving as a witness.

The service of subpoenas is an area of the law where psychotherapists can get manipulated by some process servers and by some attorneys. Learn your fundamental rights and options before responding to a subpoena.