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Law Practice,
Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Jun. 4, 2024

Aging gracefully and recognizing competency issues in the practice of law

The average age of active attorneys in California is 50, and more than 16% are over 65. This “silver tsunami” of baby boomer lawyers will increase the risk of age-related impairment and insufficient preparation for transitioning away from practice.

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In a city like Los Angeles, there are countless ways to “age gracefully” in terms of physical appearance. But aging gracefully from a cognitive perspective is an area with fewer resources and relatively scant guidance. As an attorney who has litigated capacity, competence and cognition issues for over a decade, I have noticed a few truths that are self-evident and universally applicable when it comes to aging.

For lawyers, the implication...

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