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A Growing Area of Law Practice: Elder Law

Posted by Library Blog on 02/22/2013 at 09:16 AM

Due to an aging population, a growing area of law practice is elder law.  The 2013 February issue of the Student Lawyer includes the cover story Exploring Growing Areas of Law.  The growing areas of law mentioned in the article are elder law, insurance law, and foreclosure work.

Profiled in the article are two elder law attorneys whose work involves helping families navigate a maze of estate, health care, financial, and other issues faced by their aged loved ones. They point out that it takes a very special personality to practice elder law because very detailed rules are being applied in an emotional and crisis-filled situation. Educating clients is something that they say that they spend a lot of time doing, giving people a very human and practical synopsis of the rules and the law as they apply to their situation.

Both attorneys say that trust and estate law is the entrée into an elder law practice and that students are advised to take courses in that area as well as a course in tax law.  They recommend that students join student divisions of bar association sections in those areas. 

Check out the National Elder Law Foundation and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys to learn more about this specialized area of law practice.