Demand Letters: Giving Notice Before Taking Legal Action


Before taking legal action against someone, you usually give that person a formal written notice. You do this by sending a demand letter.

What should the letter say? Do you always have to send one? If you receive one, how do you respond?

What Is a Demand Letter?

This article on Demand Letters explains what a demand letter is, the situations when you have to send one, why it can be a good idea to send one even if it is not required and situations when the law says a person is automatically notified (so a demand letter is unnecessary).

How to Write a Demand Letter

This article on Writing a Demand Letter explains:

  • Who can write a demand letter?
  • What must a demand letter say?
  • When should you send the letter and how?

This article also has models of demand letters.

What to Do If You’ve Received a Demand Letter?

This article on Answering a Demand Letter explains how you can respond, what to consider before responding and how to prepare to negotiate or go to court.