Lawyer Assistance Program: Warning Signs of a Problem
A problem usually exists if you think you might have a problem. It’s a problem if it interferes with daily living.
- Have you failed to show up at the office because you “just weren’t feeling well”?
- Have you failed to appear in court for the same reason?
- Have you neglected to process mail promptly?
- Have you failed to keep appointments?
- Have you appeared in court not fully prepared?
- Have you borrowed, misused, or commingled clients’ trust funds?
- Have you gotten other attorneys to make court appearances on your behalf?
- Do you frequently blame your secretary for things that go wrong?
- Are your relationships with clients, staff, and friends deteriorating?
- Is your relationship with your spouse or children deteriorating?
- Have you missed deadlines for performance, filed motions late, or allowed the statute of limitations to run out?
- Is your behavior inappropriate at social or professional meetings where decorum is expected?
- Has your ambition or efficiency decreased?
- Are any of these occurrences increasing in their frequency?
- Are you overworked and yet don’t refuse extra assignments?
- Are you afraid to open the mail or answer the telephone?
- Are you working harder and getting less done?
Where to get help.