Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man.
There will still be business enough.
The time before trial is crucial. Everyone needs to understand their roles and what is going to happen in the courtroom. As an expert witness, you need time to reflect and synthesize your opinions and their bases.
Depending on the court, your case may be placed on the docket (calendar) anywhere from three months to one year in advance of the trial date. The judge's docket will have a number of potential trials set for the same time in some priority order. Delays are common for a variety of reasons. Perhaps more witnesses need to be deposed, or settlement negotiations are close to resolution. Some judges are sympathetic to the need for continuances. Others hold tight to scheduled deadlines to keep their dockets moving. Either way, you must prepare for trial even before you know the exact trial date.