A demand letter is something that at the end of the day, might help you avoid stepping into a courtroom. In the age of packed schedules, nothing is more tiring than deviating from your normal routine to go through court proceedings for something you feel should be simple. In comes the demand letter, which can help you avoid suiting up and entering the court. But what exactly IS a demand letter and how can I use it to my advantage? Below are a few pointers that can help.
A demand letter is actually very simplistic. A demand letter explains the situation in whole, and lets your opponent know that you are considering legal action if no resolution has been made. Without threatening, this is great because it shows your seriousness into the situation. This is often a kick into reality for some who may have downplayed the situation. The end goal is an agreement outside of the courtroom, but sometimes, this letter is simply not enough for some who feel as if they too, are right in the situation.
What It Should Include
Your demand letter should contain a few things. It should state the facts and the situation surrounding the case, to ensure there are no discrepancies. Your tone should be rather stern and firm, but polite enough that it does not anger the person in which you are attempting to collect from. Make your requests clear and concise, so there is no mixup. This is so that should there be an agreement, nothing is up in the air and you receive what you want. Make it clear that without a resolution, you will be filing a lawsuit. This is a good reminder that tells them you are serious about your plans and will see that it happens.
If you find yourself in a situation where a demand letter is necessary, make sure you’re speaking with someone who can take a look at it. A qualified attorney who knows the nature of your case is a great place to start and begin your case
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