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Legal Guide for Victims of Mass Disasters- This information is a public service provided by the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Red Cross.

Maryland Law

Maryland law prohibits a lawyer from sending a written communication, directly or through an agent, to a prospective client for the purpose of obtaining professional employment if the communication concerns an action for personal injury or wrongful death, or otherwise relates to an accident or disaster involving the person to whom the communication is addressed or the person's relative, unless the accident or disaster occurred more than 30 days before the date the communication is mailed.

Additionally, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Maryland lawyers states with regard to direct contact with prospective clients that a lawyer shall not contact, or send a communication to a prospective client for the purpose of obtaining professional employment, if:

  1. the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the physical, emotional, or mental state of the person is such that the person could not exercise reasonable judgment in employing a lawyer;
  2. the person has made known to the lawyer a desire not to receive communications from the lawyer; or
  3. the communication involves coercion, duress or harassment.
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