America is facing an elder-law tsunami in the near future as Baby Boomers hit retirement age, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Meanwhile, changes to the legal system, courthouses and the very practice of law itself are just beginning. “Seniors are going to be entering the court system in droves,” said Lawrence Davidow, president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
It’s not just a matter of numbers but attitude, experts say. This new generation of elders has more money to pay lawyers and is quick to file suit. So the cases can become time-consuming and maddeningly complex. “You see some terrible things,” Ford said. “All the dynamics (within the family) have festered for years … and it comes out. But you also see some extraordinary efforts of kindness.”