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The Master Lawyers Section, launched at the State Bar's 2010 Annual Meeting, is comprised of active, inactive, and emeritus SBM members in good standing who have reached age 60 or completed 30 years of practice as members of the Bar. Membership is automatic and free of charge for those who qualify. Active, inactive, and emeritus SBM members of good standing who have reached age 50 or have completed 20 years of membership in the Bar may join the section for $25 annually

Working through its various committees, the Section promotes its members' interests by planning and carrying out programs, publications, and activities of interest to its members; coordinating programs with local, affiliate, and national bar associations; protecting the public by providing resources on the ethical and practical issues related to transitioning from the practice of law; serving as a resource for attorneys as they plan their retirement; and expanding opportunities for its members to contribute to the community.

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Planning Ahead: A Guide to Protecting Your Clients' Interests in the Event of Your Disability or Death


This handbook was created for attorneys and their staffs to help you fulfill your ethical obligations to protect your clients' interests in the event of your death, disability, impairment, or incapacity. Although it is hard to think about events that could render you unable to continue practicing law, freak accidents, unexpected illness, and untimely death do occur. Following the guidelines in this handbook will help to protect your clients' interests and will help to make your practice a valuable asset that can be sold to benefit you or your estate. In addition, it will simplify the closure of your office—a step your family and colleagues will very much appreciate.

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