Americans are living longer than at any point in our history. Baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) started turning 65 in 2011, and the number of older people is expected to increase significantly in coming years, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. As Americans get older, they are trying to manage difficult issues — working longer vs. retirement, estate planning and end-of-life decisions, and coping with mental and physical health problems. Texas attorneys and law firms also face tough choices as the profession grays. Mandatory retirement is prompting some lawyers to re-invent themselves to extend their legal career, but are such policies a good idea? What employment options are available to lawyers who must retire from their firm but want to keep working? Other concerns that senior attorneys may be dealing with include the fast-changing pace of technology, possible decline due to physical or mental impairments, and the closing of their law practice. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal explores these and many other important matters confronting the legal profession in Texas. We thank Talmage Boston, Board of Editors member, former State Bar Director, and partner with Winstead, P.C., in Dallas, for his assistance with this issue. If you have comments about the Texas Bar Journal, contact Patricia McConnico at (800) 204-2222 Ext. 1701 or email@example.com.
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