Direct Mail: We occasionally hire a direct mail firm to send out invitations to our events. We do not own or purchase the mailing lists. If you received an unsolicited mailer from our office, here are tips from the direct mail company on how to get your name removed from marketing mailing lists:
- If you received an event invitation from our office and would like to be removed from further marketing from our office, please email email@example.com with your name and address with the subject “REMOVE” and we will remove you.
- If you would like to reduce promotional offers or prospect mail in general, visit the DMA Choice (Direct Marketing Association) website at dmachoice.org/register.php.
- If you receive an invitation in the name of a deceased family member, this most often happens when the deceased’s name is still on property records. Until the name is removed, they will still be on those records, which mailing list compilers source for lists. If you received an invitation from our office addressed to a deceased family member, we can help to assure that the company we use for our promotional mail is notified. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and address of the deceased person.
- Here is some additional information from the mail house to help stop mail being delivered to a deceased person in general. 1) Notify the post office of the death. Once the estate has finished going through the probate process and is officially closed, you can either mail or hand deliver a copy of the probate order to the deceased person’s post office. Along with the copy of the probate order, you can also include a letter requesting that any and all mail services be stopped. Along with requesting a stop mail delivery via the USPS, you can also 2) submit a Deceased Do Not Contact through the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Choice. The DMA Choice is a non-profit that administers the Deceased Do Not Contact list (DDNC). To enroll, the family member would enter the deceased person’s contact info at the web site https://www.ims-dm.com/cgi/ddnc.php. Once registered, the deceased person is included in a national Do Not Contact list. This information is provided to data list compilers who provide mailing list data to direct mail marketing companies such as the one that our office occasionally uses. After registering the deceased person on the website, the organization claims that the amount of mail received as the result of commercial marketing lists should decrease within three months.