November 1955

SOLICITATION - STIRRING UP - LITIGATION - NEWSPAPERS - A classified advertisement in a newspaper stating, "IS IT WISE TO SETTLE? / If sued—or have a claim / A lawyer's advise is helpful," is improper.

Canons 24, 25.


Does the following classified ad, appearing in a San Antonio newspaper, violate any Canon of Ethics:

"IS IT WISE TO SETTLE?  If sued - or have a claim A lawyer's advice is helpful."


The committee is of the opinion that this ad violates Canons 24, and 25, and that the committee's Opinion No. 95 applies here. One member who holds that it is a violation believes, however, that this same advice could be given in an educational program of a bar association and, as such, not violate any rule of ethics. (7-1)