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Elder Law Attorneys
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for all lawyers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all careers through 2022, but employment for attorneys who provide services for the elderly and persons with disabilities is expected to grow by 65.7 percent during this same time span. Factors that are fueling this rapid growth include the rapidly expanding elderly population, increasingly complex laws, and unprecedented health care issues. All of these factors combine to make for a substantial client base in need of elder law attorneys. It is estimated that 40 percent of people over 65 will require a nursing home or other long-term care at some point, but few of them have planned financially for that eventuality. People are living longer and encountering a variety of health care problems, many of them debilitating. The sheer numbers of elderly people alone point to a promising future in this career.