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How Do You Deal with Unsolicited Letters from Prisoners?

Posted Aug 29, 2012 12:46 PM CDT
By Jill Schachner Chanen

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A recent thread on the ABA’s SoloSez email discussion list focused on how fellow solosezzers deal with random letters from prisoners. While some lawyers say they ignore them, others say they respond with a form letter that has resulted in clients.

This made us wonder how you handle letters from prisoners, either involving criminal cases, appeals, family law or other legal matters.

So tell us...

What do you do when you receive unsolicited letters from prisoners? Do you respond to them or just toss the letters? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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