COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Bar Association President Tom Rouse has created a task force to look at the growing problem of lawyers deserting their practices, leaving clients without representation.
Rouse told The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://bit.ly/180MsLO ) in a story Friday that lawyers can put the lives and fortunes of people at risk by abruptly abandoning their offices.
The issue isn't unique to Kentucky. Michigan, Ohio and Utah also are looking at implementing new rules to help protect clients.
Rouse attributes Kentucky's spike in abandoned practices, in part, to a rise in instances of depression and suicides among lawyers.
While Kentucky doesn't track suicides by occupation, studies show lawyers are six times more likely to kill themselves than the general population. Rouse says at least a dozen lawyers in Kentucky have committed suicide since 2010.