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How to Handle a Client’s Suspected Cognitive Impairment

What action should practitioners take and when?

With the rising number1 of individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s, lawyers need to be alert to the possibility of cognitive impairment, especially with the elderly. In that context, should an attorney refrain from an engagement if the attorney suspects impairment? What about an existing client who acts differently than usual? For example, a client who’s exhibited strong math skills over the years becomes confused when it’s time to add a tip to a dinner tab. A perfectionist client

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