NUMBER 254 1927

Question. I am an attorney for a mercantile house some of whose customers have disappeared. I am contemplating writing a form letter to their last known addresses, stating that I have something of importance for them and would like to obtain their new addresses.

If the replies disclose the new addresses, I will then he able to serve process on them in an effort to collect the money due my client, and this is the only purpose of the communication. In the opinion of the Committee, would this course be professionally improper?


Answer. In the opinion of the Committee, the practice proposed is a form of trickery calculated to bring the practitioner and the Bar generally into disrepute. The proposed course is condemned.