The State Bar of California Senior Lawyers Working Group was created in January 2013 to address the challenges facing our state’s growing population of older lawyers.
These key initiatives are designed to help lawyers who continue practicing into their senior years and protect the public from those who can no longer provide competent representation.
Wellness Guide for Senior Lawyers and their Families, Friends and Colleagues
If you or an attorney you know is or may be impaired because of an age-related condition, it is important to seek help. This guide is designed to increase the understanding of the signs of dementia and other health problems that can impair cognitive skills and alter behavior.
Senior Lawyers Resources
This collection of resources addresses attorney professional responsibility issues that arise in connection with retirement, disability and death of attorneys. The resources include rules, advisory ethics opinions, articles, publications and MCLE programs.
Attorney Surrogacy Program
This program provides a model agreement for the designation of an attorney to administer a lawyer’s law practice in the event that the lawyer becomes disabled or incapacitated. The agreement details the typical responsibilities of the lawyers involved in an “Agreement to Close Law Practice in the Future” and is intended to facilitate compliance with Business and Professions Code Section 6185 and relevant provisions of the Probate Code.
Valuation and succession strategies for lawyers
View a discussion of strategies for determining the value of law firms and outlining how to close shop in an orderly fashion.