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People dress casually in the Savannah, Ga., retirement community where Robert Simonton lives. So when Simonton spotted Leonard Trosten wearing a suit at a meeting in the fall of 1998, he was intrigued. “You’re all dressed up,” said Simonton, 67, who retired from Sterling Drug Inc.’s in-house law department in 1988, when the company was acquired by Eastman Kodak Company. “Why aren’t you in your golf clothes?” “I came from the office,” replied Trosten, 68, who retired from LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in 1990. The office is Savannah’s Georgia Legal Services, where Trosten has been handling income maintenance and public benefits cases before the Social Security Administration one day a week for the past seven years. And since their encounter, Simonton has signed on to help incorporate nonprofit tenant organizations two days a week: “I had absolutely no idea they could use the corporate organizational experience I had from working in-house.” To say that both are satisfied with their work is an understatement. “It is so different to be doing this face-to-face work with human beings,” says Trosten, who specialized in nuclear energy law before retiring. And Simonton often gets home and thinks, “I had a great day. I worked my tail off with all types of people … all who are different from where I came, but I had a great day.” Additionally, both assert that when planning for retirement, lawyers should not only focus on finances and recreation. Says Simonton: “When you have a job in a firm or an in-house department and work all of those hours, you dream about golfing. But when you get to golf, you realize life is not about golf alone.”

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