Develop Empathy and Legal Skills by Volunteering as a Guardian

Lauren Ritter
The guardianship relationship can help young lawyers develop empathy for clients by putting the guardian in the incapacitated person’s shoes.

The guardianship relationship can help young lawyers develop empathy for clients by putting the guardian in the incapacitated person’s shoes.

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America’s older population (those 65 years and older) is expanding as baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) age. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the average US life expectancy increased from 68 to 78.6 years between 1950 and 2017, mainly due to reduced mortality at older ages. The US Census Bureau predicts that older Americans will comprise roughly 21 percent of the population by 2030 and nearly 25 percent by 2060. As the population of older adults increases, so will the need for lawyers to volunteer as guardians for the elderly.

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