The Texas Disciplinary Rules have specifically addressed how a lawyer should use Social media or traditional advertising in their communications with clients.
Lawyers must tread lightly in this area in their use for promotions and communications.
Commercial speech laws restrict how the lawyer may respond if you’re contacting them for the first time.
A lawyer is prohibited from initiating contact with a prospective client (who has not sought the lawyer’s legal advice) through any live interactive manner online. TDRPC 7.03.
Similarly, a lawyer must not contact a prospective client in a fraudulent or deceptive manner.
Unless you’re contacting the lawyer for legal services, they may not be able to directly respond back if you’re contacting them through one of their advertisement gateways.
This means if you tell them you already have representation, or fail to specify that you have a pending legal issue yourself they probably won’t respond.
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