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Dear Readers, I have moved to a new website: Thank you for all support and be sure to check out my new contents there.


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Freight & Logistics Services

Written by Raymond Tay on July 12, 2013 – 9:01 pm -

Freight companies are companies that specialize in the moving (or “forwarding”) of freight, or cargo, from one place to another. These companies are divided into several variant sections. For example, international freight forwarders ship goods internationally from country to country, and domestic freight forwarders, ship goods within a single country.
There are thousands of freight companies in business worldwide, many of which are members of certain organizations. Such organizations include the IATA (International Air Transport Association), TIA (Transportation Intermediaries Association) the BIFA (British International Freight Association), or the FTA (Freight Transport Association) and various or other regional organisations.

There are various methods of shipping goods; by air, road, sea, or rail. Some companies offer multi-modal solutions, this means that they offer more than one service, in many cases air and sea and in other cases air, sea, and road. The most common multi-modal way of shipping is referred to as inter-modal meaning truck pickup to rail to truck delivery.
A shipping method is by evaluating three factors: time, cost, and product characteristics. While shipping by sea could take longer than shipping by air, the latter is generally more expensive. Shipping by rail could also be complemented by piggybacking the freight onto a truck so it can be delivered to the receiver.

Stevens Transport, Inc. is recognized as one of North America’s premier multi-modal, temperature-controlled freight carriers. The specialized nature of time-sensitive truckload shipments gives Stevens Transport a unique advantage in the supply chain marketplace as a logistics leader valued by a wide range of Fortune 500 ® customers. With a network of operations throughout North America, Canada, and Mexico, Stevens Transport maintains a competitive edge by providing asset-based services through regional, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, tanker, and 3PL competencies. Beyond capacity-driven operations, Stevens Transport injects an unmatched integrity into a corporate business model that reflects more than 30 years of consistent growth and success.


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Reloading Equipment

Written by Raymond Tay on May 9, 2013 – 9:48 am -

Reloading can be a way for avid shooters to save a significant amount on the cost of ammunition and produce rounds that are specifically tailored to each individual gun. Since loading your own ammunition allows for customization of each of the parts of the load, with a bit of experimentation it can increase accuracy of the ammo shot through your gun.

If you’re just getting started with reloading, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with finding the reloading equipment and supplies you will need. You may not be sure if you should be looking at discount reloading supplies, or spending top dollar to get the precision reloading equipment. This buyer’s guide will help point you in the right direction, and have you on your way to loading your own ammo in no time.

There are several different components to the supply of reloading equipment you will need to get started, including:

  • Press
  • Set of dies for each caliber
    • Full length sizing die
    • De-capping die to remove primer (some kits combine full length sizing die and de-capping die into one convenient die)
    • Bullet seating die
    • Bullet crimp die to secure the bullet in the case
  • Case trimmer
  • Resizing dies
  • De-burring/chamfer tool
  • Tumbler/shell cleaner
  • Priming tool (optional)
  • Powder
  • Primers
  • Shell cases
  • Bullets
  • Powder measure & scale
  • Case lubricant

Most of these components can be found in reloading kits sold by manufacturers, with the exception of resizing dies due to the specific sizes required for each caliber of round you will be reloading. If you are just getting started, I recommend purchasing a reloading kit and dies for your caliber of ammunition, as it can be much more cost effective than buying each piece individually and already comes with the necessary parts.

The main types of presses are single stage, turret, and progressive. Single stage presses utilize only one die at a time, meaning you will have to replace the die for each part of the process. A turret press can hold multiple dies, and each time you press the handle, the head will rotate. This means you can set your dies once and leave them in their place, increasing the amount of rounds you can load.

A progressive press holds multiple dies much like a turret press, but in this case it holds multiple shells on a moving base, while the dies are stationary. This means that each time the handle is pulled, the shell is progressed from one step in the process to the next. Since you are loading more than one round with each pull of the handle, this greatly increases the amount of rounds you can produce in that same time with a single stage or turret press.

Once you’ve decided on a press, the next item on your list of supplies will be your dies. Choosing a die set can be a bit tricky, because some dies fit differently in presses made by other brands. Other brands of dies should work, but in order to ensure your die will fit the way it was designed, it is best to use it in a press of the same brand. Always be sure the dies you’re purchasing are made for the caliber of ammunition you’ll be reloading.

If you have purchased a kit, it is likely that it will have come with a case trimmer, de-burring tool, priming tool, powder measure, scale, and case lubricant. Now all that’s left is choosing your reloading brass, bullets, powder, and primers. This is where reloading gets fun. You can experiment with different combinations of brands and quantity of powder to create the mix that is perfect for your gun. Let Sportsman’s Warehouse be your reloading supply store! We have everything you need to get started, and everything you need to keep you going.

Note: Reloading can be dangerous if not performed properly. Always wear proper safety gear, and follow instructions detailed in a reloading guide written by the manufacturer.


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Oracal 631

Written by Raymond Tay on May 9, 2013 – 9:36 am -

Oracal 631 is the most popular choice of vinyl. It is very versatile and compatible with all vinyl cutting machines. This product is commonly referred to as “indoor vinyl”. It certainly is well suited to indoor applications but is not limited to them.

The water based removable adhesive is what makes it a great choice for indoor applications. It will not damage walls when removed assuming the walls are in sound condition. This is also the same feature that leads people to believe that it is not suitable for outdoor applications. Oracal 631 can get wet, it just is not a great choice in areas that it will be constantly exposed to water.

Oracal 631 Specs

  • Finish – Matte
  • Adhesive – Water based removable
  • Indoor durability – 10 years + (officially from Oracal is 3 years, but realworld experience says much longer)
  • Outdoor Durability – 1 year +
  • Thickness – 3 mils
  • Waterproof – Yes (not the best choice for constant water exposure or dishes)

Oracal 631 Uses

  • Interior and exterior signs
  • Temporary applications
  • Stencils
  • Decorating
  • General purpose

Oracal 631 is often referred to as “Indoor” vinyl. This is the best environment for Oracal 631, but you can have great success with it outdoors as well. The characteristics of 631 make it a short term outdoor performer. It is a common misconception that this vinyl will be destroyed if it gets wet. This just is not true. It does have a water-based adhesive and potentially could be damaged by water, but it is typically only a harsh type of water like high pressure or hot that will damage it. I have seen Oracal 631 hold up just fine outdoors for several years.

The vinyl is great for wall applications, home decor, wall lettering and scrap booking it is removable but no reusable. This vinyl does have a matte finish. Easy cut-lines on back allow for easy trimming to fit any vinyl cutter plotter including Circuits.


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How to Hire an Attorney

Written by Raymond Tay on February 28, 2013 – 1:47 am -

There are two professionals every business will need early on: an accountant and a lawyer. The reasons for hiring an accountant are pretty obvious–you need someone to help you set up your “chart of accounts,” review your numbers periodically, and prepare all of your necessary federal, state and local tax returns. The reason for hiring a business attorney may not, however, be so apparent. A good business Lewisville attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability. First, some general rules about dealing with Dallas lawyer for small business:

  • If you are being sued, it’s too late. Most small businesses put off hiring a lawyer until the sheriff is standing at the door serving them with a summons. Bad mistake. The time to hook up with a good business lawyer is before you are sued. Once you have been served with a summons and complaint, it’s too late–the problem has already occurred, and it’s just a question of how much you will have to pay (in court costs, attorneys’ fees, settlements and other expenses) to get the problem resolved.

America’s judicial system is a lot like a Roach Motel–it’s easy to get into court, but very difficult to get out once you’ve been “trapped.” Most lawyers agree that while nobody likes to pay attorneys’ fees for anything (heck, let’s let our hair down–nobody likes paying or dealing with lawyers, period), but the fee a lawyer will charge to keep you out of trouble is only a small fraction of the fee a lawyer will charge to get you out of trouble once it’s happened.

  • Big firm or small firm? Generally speaking, the larger the law firm, the greater the overhead, therefore the higher the hourly rates you will be expected to pay. Still, larger firms have a number of advantages over smaller ones. Over the past 20 years, lawyers have become incredibly specialized. If you use a solo practitioner or small firm as your lawyer(s), it’s likely that they will not have all the skills you may need to grow your business. I don’t know of any solo practitioner, and very few small firms (under 10 lawyers) that could handle your lawsuits, negotiate your lease of office or retail space, file a patent or trademark, draft a software license agreement, advise you on terminating a disruptive employee, and oversee your corporate annual meeting. Sooner or later, these “generalists” will have to refer you out to specialists, and you will find yourself dealing with two or three (or even more) attorneys.

While larger firms are more expensive to deal with, they have two significant advantages: 1) they usually have all the legal skills you need “under one roof,” and 2) they have a lot of clout in the local, regional and (perhaps) national legal community. A nasty letter from a “powerhouse” law firm with offices in 30 states is a lot more intimidating than a nasty letter from a solo practitioner who is not admitted to practice in the defendant’s state. Also, being connected with a large, well-established Denton law firm may have intangible benefits–they may be willing to introduce you to financing sources or use their name as a reference when seeking partnership arrangements. Certainly if you run a fast-growing entrepreneurial company that plans to go public (or sell out to a big company) some day, you would need to work with lawyers whose names are recognized in the investment banking and venture capital communities.

Types of Attorneys

Like doctors, lawyers are becoming increasingly specialized. Someone who does mostly wills, house closings and other “non-business” matters is probably not a good fit for your business. At the very least, you will need the following sets of skills. The more skills reside in the same human being, the better!

1. Contracts. You will need a lawyer who can understand your business quickly; prepare the standard form contracts you will need with customers, clients and suppliers; and help you respond to contracts that other people will want you to sign.

2. Business organizations. You will need a lawyer who can help you decide whether a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) is the better way to organize your business, and prepare the necessary paperwork.

3. Real estate. Leases of commercial space–such as offices and retail stores–are highly complex and are always drafted to benefit the landlord. Because they tend to be “printed form” documents, you may be tempted to think they are not negotiable. Not so. Your attorney should have a standard “tenant’s addendum,” containing provisions that benefit you, that can be added to the printed form lease document.

4. Taxes and licenses. Although your accountant will prepare and file your business tax returns each year, your lawyer should know how to register your business for federal and state tax identification numbers, and understand the tax consequences of the more basic business transactions in which your business will engage.

5. Intellectual property. If you are in a media, design or other creative-type business, it is certainly a “plus” if your lawyer can help you register your products and services for federal trademark and copyright protection. Generally, though, these tasks are performed by specialists who do nothing but “intellectual property” legal work. If your lawyer says he or she “specializes in small businesses,” then he or she should have a close working relationship with one or more intellectual property specialist.


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Artificial Turf

Written by Raymond Tay on February 28, 2013 – 1:40 am -

Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. The main reason is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming. Domed, covered, and partially covered stadiums may require artificial turf because of the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay healthy. But artificial grass scottsdale does have its downside: limited life, periodic cleaning requirements, petroleum use, toxic chemicals from infill, and some heightened health and safety concerns.

Artificial turf first gained substantial attention in the 1960s, when it was used in the newly constructed Astrodome. The specific product used was developed by Monsanto and called AstroTurf; this term since then became a colloquialism for any artificial turf throughout the late 20th century. AstroTurf remains a registered trademark, but is no longer owned by Monsanto. The first generation turf systems (i.e., short-pile fibers without infill) of the 1960s has been largely replaced by the second generation and third generation turf systems. Second generation synthetic turf systems featured sand infills, and third generation systems, which are most widely used today, offer infills that are mixtures of sand and recycled rubber.

Artificial turf can be a better solution when the environment is particularly hostile to natural grass. An arid environment or one where there is little natural light are examples. Artificial turf can withstand significantly more use than natural grass and can therefore be used much more frequently. This allows sports ground owners to generate more income from their facilities. Ideal for holiday homes when maintenance of lawns is not practical. It is also a solution for elderly home-owners who find the upkeep of lawns too much hard work. Suitable for roof gardens and swimming pool surrounds. Some artificial turf systems allow for the integration of fiber-optic fibers into the turf. This would allow for lighting or advertisements to be directly embedded in a playing surface, or runway lighting to be embedded in artificial landing surfaces for aircraft.


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Artificial Lawn

Written by Raymond Tay on February 28, 2013 – 1:36 am -

There are many reasons why installing an artificial lawn is a good choice for your home or business. Maintaining a real grass lawn is a tiresome and expensive proposition.

Natural grass lawns require a great deal of work that can include mowing, rolling, raking, edging, fertilizing and weeding.  All this work may not even pay off with a green healthy-looking lawn. Very wet or very dry weather, foot traffic, pets and children’s games can leave your work-intensive natural lawn looking much less than its best.
On the contrary, synthetic lawns always look great. It only takes a few hours a year to keep artificial grass lawns looking green and glorious. Unlike a real lawn, an artificial grass lawn is always for you and your family to enjoy, rain or shine. Never dependent on the weather or level of your care, a synthetic grass lawn looks great year round.

Real lawns also consume a lot of water and can require many harmful chemicals to maintain. This is not only bad for your wallet, but also for the planet, as chemicals damage the environment and can affect human and pet health.

Artificial Grass is the proven solution for a pet problem lawn. Liquids drain right through and droppings can be picked up as they would with regular grass washed off with a hose.

Artificial Grass is softer and safer than real grass and they have loads of fun playing on it. It is non-toxic and will in no way harm either children or pets. Some consider it their own personal sports field! Parents love the fact that there are no more stained pants and scraped knees!

Artificial Grass has proven to increase property value as well as curb appeal! It is the most aesthetically pleasing and realistic looking synthetic grass on the market. It reduces water and maintenance costs and eliminates fertilizers, herbicides and mowers. Several of our customers have sold their homes and reported that their artificial grass houston added tremendously to the salability of their home. Potential buyers were very excited about the prospect of purchasing a home with a beautiful lawn that required no maintenance.


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What is Tax Relief?

Written by Raymond Tay on February 5, 2013 – 3:40 am -

What is Tax Relief

  • IRS Tax relief does not mean you won’t have to pay your taxes. Tax relief programs, instead, are strategies that could help you reduce the amount of tax you owe the government. Many of these programs are legal — there is nothing fraudulent about using them to limit the amount of taxes you have to pay immediately to the government.

Tax Installment and Current Noncollectible Status

  • Taxpayers sometimes find themselves in difficult financial conditions that impair their ability to fulfill their tax obligations to the government. However, the IRS has a program that you might qualify for if you work with experienced tax consultants. Under a classification of “current noncollectible status,” the IRS is saying your financial condition is so bad you cannot afford to make even the smallest payment. Eventually when your current noncollectible status ends, you might have to work out a suitable installment payment option.

Income Averaging Relief

  • Income averaging relief is a program for individuals in financial distress who may owe back taxes. Through income averaging, the IRS will use an average of your past income in past years, rather than your current income level, to calculate your current tax liability. This may be useful if your income levels tend to fluctuate wildly from year to year.

Innocent Spouse Relief

  • Consider this scenario: You were married and then got divorced. A few years after the divorce, you receive an IRS letter informing you that the joint tax returns you filed with your divorced spouse were in error. Furthermore, the IRS wants to collect back taxes from you because, for the tax year in question, you did not report all the income your spouse earned that year. Because both of you filed a joint return at that time, the IRS wants you to pay for the missing tax. However, because of your current separation status — and if you can establish that you had no personal knowledge of the underreporting of your joint income — a tax consultant may be able to use the innocent spouse (sometimes known as the injured spouse) tax relief program to get you out of any liability for the unpaid taxes.

What about Tax Amnesty

  • “Tax amnesty” is often confused with forgiveness of tax obligations owed to IRS. The tax amnesty program, which is also referred to as “Voluntary Disclosure Policy,” is a program designed to discontinue the possible criminal prosecutions of taxpayers, if they submit their returns and back taxes before the IRS actually files a criminal action. If you believe that the IRS might prosecute you for some tax-related issue, try to correct the issue and the IRS might not go ahead with its prosecution plans.


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Learning Experience from 6 Seconds EQ

Written by Raymond Tay on November 30, 2012 – 10:09 pm -

After attending the EQ certification course, I realised that our decisions can be enhanced and improved when we listen to feelings and make decisions with both our heads (IQ) and hearts (EQ). We should never close our feelings’ door as our emotions define us as human beings. Every emotion has something to tell us and they are information or indicators to the threats or opportunities that we perceive. They call us to action. With the SEI report, I discovered my strengths and areas for improvement. On the whole, I am satisfied with my scores and performance levels. From the results, I am now more aware of my patterns and will exercise optimism in future as well as becoming more hopeful.

There are many concepts, models and tools covered in the course. My favourite model is the Six Seconds EQ Model as it depicts all the key emotional competencies in the areas of self-awareness, self-management and self-direction in simple terms (Know, Choose & Give Yourself). It was my first encounter with the Plutchik model which highlights 8 primary emotions with different intensity and it increases my emotional literacy and vocabulary. The TFA model helps me to recognise my patterns, especially when things don’t work out according to my plan, and tailor my patterns into preferred and proactive ones. By applying consequential thinking (weighing costs and benefits), I can make optimal decisions with less or not regret for the common good. The most powerful force in us is our intrinsic motivation and when we engage more intrinsic motivation, we are happier and will not be directed or distracted by other people or materials. I have also learnt that we can exercise our optimism by seeing the issue as temporary and isolated and believing that we have the power to change or improve the issue.

We can increase our empathy by just sitting down with others and giving our full attention to the person. At the same time, we put our shoes into others’ and become the mirror of other people’s feelings. Since young, I have the privilege to serve, lead and train others and that ignited my passion and that passion has turned into my noble goal (being the bridge between wisdom and ignorance for others). With a clear noble goal, it guides my direction, my approach and my character. I learn to forget about myself and focus on what others will be receiving and how they are responding to me. That gives me life and fulfilment.

Project: Applying EQ in myself and my participants at a Student Leadership Camp

In Nov, I had to facilitate a 3D2N Student Leadership Camp with my colleague for 32 students from 8 different secondary schools. The aim of the camp is to equip participants with the basic knowledge and skills in leadership, teamwork, time management, creativity and self-confidence. Thus after learning about EQ, I planned to use that opportunity (camp) to apply learning into practice both personally and professionally.

Before the camp, I had recognised my patterns as follows:

Think: “Have I prepared enough?”, “Will the participants enjoy the camp?”

Feel: Anxiety, Anticipation and Excited

Act: Go through the programme again and check out all the required logistics.

I am pleased with my current patterns and it is normal for me to feel anxious and excited for my upcoming programmes as there is uncertainty in whatever thing we plan to do. I will also keep reminding myself that I enjoy what I do (engaging my intrinsic motivation) and the opportunity to engage and educate others. Furthermore, my vocation is my vacation and my noble goal to share knowledge and equip others with the positive attitude and life skills. Then my worries, fears and concerns (e.g. things that might go wrong) will be gone. That was how I validated my feelings, explored other empowering emotions (e.g. excitement and hopeful) and transformed my emotions.

During the camp, we had organised and facilitated many activities for the participants. One of the activities was “Hi 5 Challenges” which consists of 5 time-specific short games (e.g. Let’s Boogie, Turn Over a New Leaf and Whale-Watch) for the participants to work together and complete the tasks. I used TFA model as part of the reflection/debrief session for the participants. They were to reflect and recap their experience based on thoughts, feelings and actions during the games. After that, they discussed whether they would like to change/improve their choices of thinking, feeling and actions in future when they work together again.

Some of their responses are as follows:





“We are going to lose”,

“We need a strategy”

“We can win”,

“We can come out with
a few good ideas”


Frustrated, Demoralised, Pressured

Calm, Motivated


Work alone,
Never listen to others

Cooperate with one another,
Collaborate with other teams

Another activity that we had planned for was the Adventure Trail. In the early morning, the weather was not on our side and it was pouring. Therefore, I had to apply consequential thinking by looking into costs and benefits. As the rain was very heavy, the cost/risk of injury and illness due to slippery route/rain took over the benefits of moving beyond their comfort zone and team learning. It was unsafe for us to bring the students out for the adventure trail. I discussed with my fellow trainer and we decided to organise other indoor activities for the students. We also informed the students about our decision and reasons to stay indoors and some students felt disappointed and sad. After completing an indoor activity, the rain had stopped but the sky was still dark. I evaluated and applied consequential thinking again. Since the inclement weather had ended and the students did not have a chance to explore the Park, we decided to continue with the Adventure Trail. However, we had to cancel the nature trail in that Adventure Trail as the pathway and steps were very slippery and dangerous. We also ensured that all teams had enough ponchos for everyone in case of an inclement weather again. Hence, the Adventure Trail only included navigating to the various checkpoints within the open space and clear paths in the park and completing the tasks at the checkpoints.

During the Adventure Trail, the unfamiliar place and the insects (e.g. ants and mosquitoes) had annoyed some students and disturbed their comfort zones. A particular student stood out from the rest as she was complaining and cursing the insects in her team. She even contacted her friend who worked in National Parks to get rid of the insects at the park. Without making any judgement, I aimed to increase my empathy and I paid attention to her concerns and complaints. I could empathise with her as she seldom steps out of her house into the nature and she is well-taken care of at home. After the Adventure Trail, I planned to address their attitudes and behaviours as a whole.

During the debrief, I brought up a few points for their foods for thought:

  • Is discomfort/dissonance good for us? It pushes us, expands our comfort zones and challenges us to grow. Every emotion has a message for us. We can choose how we feel when we validate our feeling and change our state/focus/belief. (Navigating emotions)
  • “When the going gets tough, the weak complains/ wines/ blames/ becomes pessimistic but the tough gets going/ motivated /encourages others/ become optimistic/ believes it is temporary and he/she has the power or possible effort to change the situation or navigate their emotions or responses.” (Exercising optimism)
  • Which is more important? Prizes or People? What motivates you? Do you feel good when you work with others and build meaningful relationships? Why do you work in teams? What noble goal are you or your team pursuing? (Engaging intrinsic motivation, Pursing noble goals)

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An Inside Look at Bankruptcy Law

Written by Raymond Tay on November 28, 2012 – 10:07 pm -

Bankruptcy lawyers represent creditors and debtors in financial restructurings, workouts, bankruptcy cases and other matters involving financially distressed transactions. Bankruptcy law is one of the hottest practice areas in the legal field today and law firms across the country are expanding their bankruptcy and restructuring practices.

J. Andrew Rahl, Jr., a partner at Reed Smith and co-chair of its Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, shares the ins and outs of practicing bankruptcy law in the interview below. Rahl has been named one of the nation’s Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyers six times in the last seven years by Turnarounds & Workouts. In 2007, The Deal named him one of the top bankruptcy lawyers.

Rahl is also a frequent speaker and lecturer throughout the United States and in Europe and is quoted frequently in the financial press on bankruptcy, restructuring and related investment matters.

1. Can you comment on employment opportunities in the field of bankruptcy law?

Employment opportunities are growing in this field. This growth is a reflection of the credit crunch and the economic cycle of bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers.

It’s hard to speculate about the long-term economic cycle but I suspect the bankruptcy boom will last a least a couple of years. Many law firms are expanding their bankruptcy practices. We recently added a new associate to our group.

2. How did you get into the field of bankruptcy law?

I’ve been doing this a long time. After graduating from law school in the middle of a recession I went to a firm with a bankruptcy and restructuring practice and found it very interesting. I looked for opportunities to practice bankruptcy whenever I could and by 1990 I was doing bankruptcy full time.

3. What do you enjoy most about practicing in the area of bankruptcy?

Corporate bankruptcy touches on almost every aspect of business law. In addition to knowing the bankruptcy code you have to become a generalist in terms of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities, employment, real estate and many aspects of regulatory practice. Practicing in the area of bankruptcy is a lot of fun and every case is different.

4. What challenges are unique to the practice of bankruptcy law?

Bankruptcy law lends itself to people who perform well at the last minute under pressure. The bankruptcy timeframe can be a lot shorter than typical litigation. Some litigation goes on for years while many aspects of bankruptcy involve discreet issues that get resolved within a short time period.

5. What tasks are typically performed by an entry-level bankruptcy attorney (phoenix bankruptcy attorney)?

What happens in bankruptcy depends on the nature of the matter. It’s not unusual in bankruptcy for junior lawyers to interact with clients and draft legal documents. For example, a first-year lawyer who recently joined our firm was quite pleased to spend three days working on a motion to lift the automatic stay with respect to the security interest of a client who is an equipment lender. He will also participate in arguing the motion.

6. What skills are needed to practice in the area of bankruptcy?

One of the interesting things about bankruptcy practice is that it’s a hybrid between litigation and transactional practice. You need both the skills of a litigator and the skills of a transactional lawyer. It doesn’t hurt to have good contract and corporate drafting skills as well.

Analytical skills, the kind you learn in law school, are necessary. Speaking ability is important as bankruptcy lawyers spend a significant percentage of their time on their feet arguing in court. Writing ability is also necessary since bankruptcy lawyers draft pleadings, briefs, motions and other documents.

7. How can a new attorney break into this field?

Timing is everything in bankruptcy. It is cyclical and the economy does have an impact on bankruptcy work. Now is the time to be looking for opportunities in bankruptcy.

New lawyers interested in bankruptcy should look for a firm that has a meaningful bankruptcy practice. Firms are busier now with bankruptcy work.


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