NYSBA Ethics Opinion 42

By Committee on Professional Ethics

NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
Professional Ethics Committee Opinion

Opinion #42 – 01/18/1967 (15-66)

Topic: Advertising, Notice of Mexican Divorce Service
Digest: Lawyer’s announcement of specialty in Mexican divorces is improper even if mailed only to other attorneys
Canon: Former Canons 27, 42

QUESTION

A local Bar Association has asked the opinion of this Committee on the following question:  Nay an attorney, without violating Canons 27 and 42 of the Canons of Professional Ethics, mail the following notice to attorneys only?

FOR ATTORNEYS ONLY
Complete Mexican Divorce Service
 
$225
Includes Separation Agreement If Required.
Associated With Mexican Attorney
All Particulars and Arrangements Handled.
Rapid Service, Absolute Satisfaction.
 
JOHN DOE
Attorney at law
2 Anyone Street
Doe, N.Y.
(000) DOE-00000

OPINION

The announcement is condemned as being in bad taste, crass commercialism and improper advertising.

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