I retired from practicing law after 26 years, three months before turning 50 in 2002. I have friends and acquaintances who did the same within a couple of years of 50. Lawyers work very hard and are paid well when they handle major litigations as my firm did. I saw no need to keep doing it when I wanted to spend my time investing, had had enough of the constant pressure, travel and long hours and didn't need the money because I saved and invested well. To date I have not inherited a penny. To stay minimally involved in the law, I am a FINRA arbitrator, but that's nothing like a full time job and I didn't start doing arbitrations until I was already retired for 5 years.