Line drawing of dandelions with their seeds blowing away in the wind.It happens every day and is increasing with the aging of the legal population. Lawyers who were once sharp as a tack and never missed a step begin to stumble through simple thoughts, can't find the right words, and begin to mentally wander. 

 

Perhaps there are missed deadlines, personality changes, client complaints, or disciplinary actions. Recognizing the signs of cognitive impairment and knowing what steps to take are crucial in protecting the practice and clients, and preserving the dignity of the affected attorney. 

 

NJLAP offers free and confidential early intervention in a non-threatening and professional environment. Initial baseline screening by trained staff is offered, followed with referral to appropriate resources and onging support.