Just realized how lengthy my replies have been. It is hard to answer the questions thoughfully without making them long. If someone thinks I am being too "windy," please let me know!
I am going to answer a couple more posts and then call it quits for awhile - my daughter is bugging me to watch a movie with her. However - I will log back on and keep answering.
If anyone wonders why someone would take the time to do this if he/she (and I am a she obviously from my 'knocked up" comment), here is why: First, my nephew is going through all of this and told me how lucky he is to have me to guide him. Second, I wish someone would have answered my questions because I came from a family with no history of attorneys/no close friends who were attorneys, so I had no resource. Third, I should be doing more pro-bono work and even though this technically doesn't count as such, hopefully I will help at least one person who is going thru this crazy process. And lastly, I recently had surgery so I am "homebound" for awhile recovering and it is more productive than watching "Lost" (or whatever is popular - I have no idea) on Netflix.
Definitely not too long, lots of great info in there. Thanks for doing this!
You mentioned earlier finding a "cutting-edge" niche. How much of that is responding to the market/finding the new niches vs. "creating the demand" for a niche service? To extend the question to your situation, did you get into wind power because you saw it as a growth industry or did you see an opportunity to create new legal services? Do you have any tips on finding/developing a niche?