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Demand Letter


Asked on Sep 16, 2023

Can I draft my own demand letter?

I recently received a letter from a company that I have a dispute with. The letter was a demand for payment of a certain amount of money, and I am not sure if I should respond to the demand or not. I am considering writing a demand letter of my own in response, but I am not sure if I am legally allowed to do so and what the potential consequences could be.

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Answered 245 days ago

Bobby H.

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Although engaging a lawyer is preferred, there is generally no legal prohibition against a non- lawyer making his/her own demand or respoding to a demand provided you do not threaten violence or bodily harm or use any other language which may give rise to criminal liability. However, if the amount the claim is undisputed, and depending on the type of claim, there are provisions which allow a court to award the person making the claim his/her attorneys fees in addition to the amount of underlying claim if a demand is rejected under circumstances if the case goes to court. Thus, use of an attorney is again advised but generally not legally required.

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