Officials in the state Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel advised residents in a press release that attorneys are not allowed to directly solicit business from prospective clients with whom the attorney has no family or prior professional relationship.
Attorneys may not solicit future new clients in person or by telephone, e-mail or facsimile.
Direct-mail solicitation is also governed by strict rules, including being clearly marked “Advertising Material,” and revealing how the attorney obtained the information prompting the solicitation.
In matters involving personal injury or wrongful death, there is a 30-day waiting period.
If members of the public feel they have been improperly contacted by an attorney, they should send a letter describing the alleged conduct to the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel, 1132 Bishop St., Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96813.
The letter should include the sender’s name and address, as well as the name of the attorney or agent of the attorney, date, and content of the solicitation, and a copy (if written).
Also, state Department of Defense Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, adjutant general, announced in a press release that Hawaii Air National Guard members delivered to the island several pumps to move flood waters.
The equipment is on loan from Hawai‘i County Civil Defense, and has been positioned at Morita Reservoir, Waimea and Kekaha.