With Americans living well into their 90s and baby boomers nearing retirement, lawyers, not unlike other business people, are learning to serve the needs of the growing aging population.

Ten years ago, much of the practice of elder law consisted of creating wills and trusts for people with money. In the last decade, however, as people became more savvy about their finances and more determined to control their own future, the legal issues surrounding the elderly became more complex, affecting not only the rich but the large middle-class population as well.

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