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Nearly one in five American adults suffer from a mental illness at some point, with almost ten million adults experiencing serious mental illnesses that interfere with daily life. This means that, sooner or later, most lawyers will encounter a client with some sort of mental illness or impairment.

Working with a client with mental illness can raise serious ethical questions about your representation, your client's competency, and the form of your relationship. Here are some issues to consider in the event that you find yourself representing a client with a mental illness.

As the legal market begins to pick up, not all practice areas are growing equally. The growth in a few areas is far outpacing the rest. How can you tell which practice areas are booming these days? Look at who's hiring.

What's booming according to legal staffing companies? Several distinct practice areas have seen increased hiring and growth, reports Lawyer and Statesman magazine. These areas are expected to see continued growth over the next few years as well -- great news for a firm looking to expand.

When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice.

There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal levels of good behavior. But there are also individual ethics, a personal commitment to what is right, not just what is legally required.

Personal ethics may foreclose classic "gray area" arguments and may require a lawyer to counsel clients against suspect behavior. When it comes to advising business clients, legality is an attorney's main concern. But it should not be the only one.

Maybe you've heard the news: Even though women are entering the legal field at unprecedented rates, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. Also, women are largely absent from high-level positions in firms.

Some clear progress is being made, however. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has awarded 44 law firms with its 2015 Gold Standard Certification for their work supporting the progress and empowerment of women in the legal profession. Could your firm join them?

A good reputation is central to a successful practice. Compared to other professions, attorneys are especially dependent on their reputation to bring them business, respect, and career success. But it's not just word of mouth that shapes your reputation anymore. When it comes to a lawyer's reputation, the Internet is where it's at.

That means that attorneys need to, at the least, devote some time and effort to monitoring and managing their online reputation. Here are three tips for protecting your good name online:

Every lawyer knows that their practice is generally limited to states where they are members of the bar. Want to move across state lines to lay out a new shingle? Pray that your new state bar has a reciprocal recognition agreement with your old one, or get ready to sit for the bar exam again.

But what about cases that simply reach across jurisdiction, like advising a client who is buying a vacation home out of state or expanding their business in multiple jurisdictions? Those situations can prove a bit trickier.

Growth is good, right? More clients, more money, more opportunities for your business. Yet, for many lawyers, growth can be a headache, if not a nightmare. If you're running a small or boutique firm, growth can disrupt a carefully calibrated work-life balance, lead to extra overhead, and put you even farther behind on your obligations.

But not if you're doing it right. Smart growth, which focuses on planned, strategic expansion, can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that can occur when you simply add client upon client. Here's how:

Summer is here and the beach is calling -- someone else's name? For many lawyers, getting away to enjoy the summer is no easy task. But it's not impossible and the benefits of taking a moment away from the law firm can be great: vacations can help you avoid burn out, devote time to relationships, relearn your children's names.

With a little planning, even the busiest lawyers can get away for a summer vacation or two. Here's a roundup of some of our best advice on how to take a successful vacation.

Whether they're law firms or a banana stands, family businesses have a long and respectable history. Family businesses have been around since the first Neanderthal left his cave painting business to his kids. But, a family business isn't exactly an normal business. It can be fraught with difficult family politics on the inside or viewed as nepotistic from the outside.

Whether you're considering bringing family into your practice or you are simply representing family businesses, these three tips can help you make sure you're doing it right:

Reverse auctions continue to change the way small firms get work. If your firm is fishing for new projects, you may encounter this process. Should you be concerned? Not if you're up-to-speed and you know what you're getting into.

This rise of reverse auctions parallels the increasing use of alternative fee arrangements. In the context of nit-picking over legal fees, it makes sense that a business would engage in competitive bidding for legal services.