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by Jay Reeves |

Nearly One in Three Workers Plan to Never Retire

Has the concept of retirement become a dinosaur?

Sure seems that way, in light of a recent survey in which almost a third of workers under 55 said, “I don’t think I will ever retire.” 

“Asked why not, three-quarters of the never-retire group said they could not afford to stop working,” according to The Hill. “A smaller share said they didn’t want to. [A] comfortable retirement requires savings, and many workers fear they don’t have enough.” 

Read the Axios-Ipsos July 2023 retirement survey.

Here is another survey that found one-third of workers expect to retire at age 70 or later – or maybe never

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Professional Liability Tail Coverage for Retirement

The following is from the Lawyers Mutual website:

An Extended Reporting Endorsement – often called an “ERE” or “Tail Coverage” – is an endorsement to your policy that provides a period of time to make or report a claim after a policy expires or is cancelled, or after an attorney is removed from a policy.

Lawyers Mutual offers two options for this: (1) a 4-year period of time to report claims (to correspond to the current Statute of Repose for legal malpractice in NC), or (2) an unlimited period of time to report claims. Note that while an ERE extends the time to report a claim under the last policy insuring you, it does not cover against acts/errors/omissions occurring after your coverage under that policy ended.

As a benefit of being a long-time insured and meeting certain underwriting criteria, an ERE may be available at no cost or a reduced cost to an attorney leaving the private practice of law. For additional information, please see our article Maintaining Continuous Coverage or contact our Underwriting Department at 1-800-662-8843 for further information or with any questions about maintaining your professional liability insurance coverage.


SOURCES: More Americans say they can never retire | The Hill

Extended Reporting Endorsements - Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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