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2nd Practice Area for Solo

I started my practice almost 4 years ago, doing only bankrup uknownvalue08/03/17
A successful BK dude I know in NJ does 80% BK and 20% Real E isthisit08/03/17
A quickely learnable practice area to jump into would be mor specv31308/03/17
family law fettywap08/03/17
If you are taking some people into bankruptcy because their jeffm08/03/17
For sure plus foreclosure defense and loan mods. That's how isthisit08/04/17
Plaintiff's side consumer cases, e.g. TCPA, FDCPA 2breedbares08/04/17
Plaintiff-side personal injury and criminal defense are also mrtor08/04/17
Thanks everyone for the responses - I really appreciate the uknownvalue08/04/17
Family law. Everyone is doing it these days because it is ea nighthawk08/04/17
Stay away from Family papi, that sh!t is depressing. isthisit08/04/17
Immigration Law. AILA has great trainings and resources. D dharamsala08/05/17
How much court appearance do you need to do for Immigration isthisit08/05/17
Pretty much zero court work. It's mostly just an interview w fettywap08/05/17
Sounda right up my alley. Aside from Kurzban, any other reso isthisit08/05/17
FdcpA bigsal08/05/17
Simple estate planning. They won't even know if you messed u jorgedeclaro08/06/17
uknownvalue (Aug 3, 2017 - 3:49 pm)

I started my practice almost 4 years ago, doing only bankruptcy. Business has been slow all summer and I think I need to add another practice area in the next year to keep my practice viable (plus I am getting awfully bored pounding out petitions all day every day).

I have no experience in any other area of law. Suggestions for a second practice area?

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isthisit (Aug 3, 2017 - 4:02 pm)

A successful BK dude I know in NJ does 80% BK and 20% Real Estate related matters (loan modifcations, closings, etc.).

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specv313 (Aug 3, 2017 - 5:21 pm)

A quickely learnable practice area to jump into would be mortgage foreclosure defense. In my experience discovery is rarely taken and cases typically end at summary judgment stage (in favor of the bank of course). You could undercut competition by charging a lower flat fee to, for example, file responsive pleadings and motions. My suspicion is most of these homeowners are just looking to buy time before a sheriffs sale - something you provide by avoiding a default judment and by filing motions to dismiss, etc., on the last possible day to do so. Rarely will you see a truly meritorious defense to foreclosure - although there is the occasional case. Since the 2008 housing crisis the case law in this area has become much more well-developed. Not to mention that foreclosure defense often goes hand-in-hand with BK. If you're looking to generate cash flow I'd take up MF defense for sure.

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fettywap (Aug 3, 2017 - 7:13 pm)

family law

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jeffm (Aug 3, 2017 - 11:01 pm)

If you are taking some people into bankruptcy because their businesses are failing, you might be able to jump into debt collection defense and debt work-outs on the civil side. Try to help them stay out of bankruptcy when you can, and if all else fails, take them into bankruptcy, too.

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isthisit (Aug 4, 2017 - 7:58 am)

For sure plus foreclosure defense and loan mods. That's how my friend got into general real estate practice while doing BK.

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2breedbares (Aug 4, 2017 - 12:42 am)

Plaintiff's side consumer cases, e.g. TCPA, FDCPA

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mrtor (Aug 4, 2017 - 9:11 am)

Plaintiff-side personal injury and criminal defense are also fairly easier practice areas to learn. Avoid family law like the plague.

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uknownvalue (Aug 4, 2017 - 9:23 am)

Thanks everyone for the responses - I really appreciate the feedback. Right now I am okay, but BK filings have been dropping for the last 10 years. I am starting to see the writing on the wall and realize the need to diversify. I was also contemplating doing a part time program for accounting ... especially since I don't really like practicing.

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nighthawk (Aug 4, 2017 - 2:55 pm)

Family law. Everyone is doing it these days because it is easier to break-in and has relevance to consumer bankruptcy. You can become the one-stop shop.

If you are working in business bankruptcy then there are other ideas.

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isthisit (Aug 4, 2017 - 3:10 pm)

Stay away from Family papi, that sh!t is depressing.

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dharamsala (Aug 5, 2017 - 3:16 pm)

Immigration Law. AILA has great trainings and resources. Do you speak another language?

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isthisit (Aug 5, 2017 - 3:48 pm)

How much court appearance do you need to do for Immigration or is it mostly filling forms by the #s?

I'm thinking about getting into this area but I'm not much for constant lit court work.

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fettywap (Aug 5, 2017 - 7:27 pm)

Pretty much zero court work. It's mostly just an interview with an immigration officer sitting at a desk. You wouldn't need to do court work unless you're going to represent felons and take more difficult cases.

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isthisit (Aug 5, 2017 - 8:37 pm)

Sounda right up my alley. Aside from Kurzban, any other resources you'd recommend? Any how-to's?

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bigsal (Aug 5, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

FdcpA

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jorgedeclaro (Aug 6, 2017 - 9:36 pm)

Simple estate planning. They won't even know if you messed up for 20 years. Also, plaintiffs PI if you don't mind the lag in being paid.

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