Always leave them wanting more.
-- Walt Disney (for P.T. Barnum or Bobby Womack)
In past columns I’ve tried to raise awareness of resources available to address issues of mental impairment among lawyers and their need for assistance, whether due to issues of aging or the onset of dementia or other mental illness, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addiction—the latter of which plagues our legal community in numbers that far exceed those in the general public. My ruminations this month are fueled by the growing trend among law firms to make a conscious effort to embrace “succession planning,” or, as I like to think of it, that most diabolical way of making a 55-year-old feel even worse than when that first AARP card arrived in the mail—at a very “tender age” (under 50).