demand letter

  

Definition

Formal letter from an attorney on behalf of a client, demanding payment or some other action from another party. Although commonly not a legal necessity in filing a suit, a demand letter is sent usually to settle the matter without litigation or to put pressure on the other party. In general, a demand letter states (1) what payment or action is demanded, (2) why, (3) how the payment or action may be effected, and (4) a time limit. It usually also carries an express or implied threat that otherwise a court case will be instituted forthwith.

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