Legal Demand Letters
If you have ever had a dispute with anyone over money, a Legal Demand Letter can be an excellent tool and may even keep you out of court.
Often a demand letter can effectively explain a dispute and help both parties avoid costly litigation. Here are some important tips to consider when writing your own demand letter:
Summary. The first section explains who is writing the letter and why they are writing, and may include a quick summary of the Plaintiff’s injuries or damages.
Background Information. This section should explain the relationship between the disputing parties.
Facts. This isthe who, what, where, when, and why. Make sure to include as many facts and details as possible in this section so that all parties understand the dispute fully.
Claim for Damages. This section should outline the injuries or damages incurred as a result of the incident.
Demand. The last, and arguably most important section, should explain what action you are demanding from the other party. You should also include a deadline (typically 2-3 weeks) for a response, so that if there is no response, you can move to the next legal step available.
Some more tips for writing a great demand letter:
- Make and keep several copies of the letter for yourself and for use in any future court appearances. In the event you end up in front of a judge, you will be prepared.
- Send the letter by certified mail so that you have an official record that the other party actually received the letter. This receipt can be used as evidence in court if the other party claims they never received your demand letter.
- Avoid threatening or disparaging the other person. Do not use language that will convey frustration or anger. Creating a negative mood will only lessen your chances of reaching an amicable agreement. Also, if the dispute ends up in court, remember that the same judge who will hear your case will read your demand letter. This is another reason to keep it objective and professional. The last thing you would want is for the judge to perceive you as being antagonistic.
Finally, although anyone can send a demand letter, many legal professionals will write a Legal Demand Letter for a flat fee. A demand letter is typically taken more seriously when it is written on law firm letterhead, indicating that you went to the trouble of hiring a lawyer who is trained and skilled at fighting on behalf of their clients. If you need flat fee Legal letters, contact the experienced attorneys at Smiley lawtoday.