Lawyers' depression leaves clients abandoned

The Kentucky Bar Association has set up a task force to examine the issue of lawyers - often suffering from depression - suddenly abandoning their practices and leaving clients in the lurch.

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President Tom Rouse said: 'When an attorney leaves, closes or abandons his practice, it puts the public at risk. That lawyer can hold the lives and fortunes of a whole lot of people in their files.'  Mr Rouse says that growing cases of depression - and even suicide - amongst lawyers have contributed to the instances of this problem. The Cincinnati Enquirer cites studies which suggest that lawyers are six times more likely to commit suicide than the population as a whole. In Kentucky, according to Mr Rouse, there have been at least 12 cases of lawyer suicides in the last three years. Source: SFGate

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