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Is it easy to transition into divorce law if you have done m mrlaw08/02/18
Divorce is probably the easiest to get into. There are lots jeffm08/02/18
so do you suggest I learn more divorce law (right now my imm mrlaw08/02/18
Why not just volunteer to take divorce cases at your current guyingorillasuit08/02/18
yes, i handle the divorce cases too. but have just three mo mrlaw08/02/18
Is there a more experienced lawyer at your firm who takes th guyingorillasuit08/03/18
Good. Just think, in 2 years and 7 months, you'll have 3 ye jeffm08/03/18
I agree. I am part of a network of several people I can call guyingorillasuit08/03/18
+1 on the cautions re: handling a complex estate. I assumed jeffm08/03/18
I am going to get one year experience doing divorces and the mrlaw08/05/18
As long as you can breathe you should be good lolwutjobs08/15/18
really? mrlaw08/15/18
mrlaw (Aug 2, 2018 - 10:31 pm)

Is it easy to transition into divorce law if you have done mostly immigration? now, i am also doing divorce cases and learning. immigration associates get paid crap. any tips?

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jeffm (Aug 2, 2018 - 11:23 pm)

Divorce is probably the easiest to get into. There are lots and lots of people divorcing every day.

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mrlaw (Aug 2, 2018 - 11:29 pm)

so do you suggest I learn more divorce law (right now my immigration firm does divorces too) or start looking now?

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guyingorillasuit (Aug 2, 2018 - 11:41 pm)

Why not just volunteer to take divorce cases at your current firm and shadow whatever partner does that work? You may also be able to take "bootcamp" type classes if they are offered in your state. California offers these classes.

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mrlaw (Aug 2, 2018 - 11:44 pm)

yes, i handle the divorce cases too. but have just three months experience

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guyingorillasuit (Aug 3, 2018 - 12:06 am)

Is there a more experienced lawyer at your firm who takes these cases? Work with him and also take lots of CLEs on the subject. Are you in a community property state? This matters for property division. Are you in a red or blue state, and do your judges adhere to the tender years doctrine? This matters for custody.

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jeffm (Aug 3, 2018 - 12:09 am)

Good. Just think, in 2 years and 7 months, you'll have 3 years' experience. Obviously, you have to do it if you want to learn it. Just make sure you have somebody you can run questions by to be sure you are focusing in the right way. If there's nobody in your firm, find someone else. Everyone ought to have at least someone with experience to call from time to time.

It seems fairly easy to get a good idea of what a fair property division looks like, taking into consideration community/separate property issues, alimony, reimbursement, etc. Usually, any experienced family law attorney can tell you in 10 minutes or so what a decent range of settlements would be. Same goes for custody. Once you know how to form a gut impression, it's all pretty much mechanics after that.

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guyingorillasuit (Aug 3, 2018 - 12:35 am)

I agree. I am part of a network of several people I can call at any time to assess and second-guess my decisions. We do this daily - about 30 minutes to an hour a day goes to either hearing people out or explaining my case to people and having them hear me out. They always take priority.

One thing I would caution against is being counsel of record on a large estate. You are inevitably going to screw this up. You have to guard against tax consequences at every step. In my area, I have to deal with a lot of arcane stock option questions, which require input from outside experts. Don't ever be afraid to say you don't know the answer to a question, and you need to refer the client to a tax or real estate professional.

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jeffm (Aug 3, 2018 - 12:41 am)

+1 on the cautions re: handling a complex estate. I assumed as a noob, OP probably won't be lucky enough to get his hands on one.

OP, form a network, or find one, which is just as GIGS describes. We *all* do that in almost every practice area.

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mrlaw (Aug 5, 2018 - 2:16 pm)

I am going to get one year experience doing divorces and then apply to matrimonial firms

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lolwutjobs (Aug 15, 2018 - 9:15 pm)

As long as you can breathe you should be good

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mrlaw (Aug 15, 2018 - 9:27 pm)

really?

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