Response to a Demand Letter

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Response to a Demand Letter
The purpose of a demand letter is to resolve a civil matter. (letter image by timur1970 from

A lawyer typically sends a demand letter to initiate legal proceedings during a civil case. This letter will outline the claim to instigate the legal battle. The aim is to settle the case without the need to go to court. A response to a demand letter is an essential part of your defence.

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The purpose of a demand letter is to prompt a person into action in response to an accusation of offences such as a debt, an unpaid insurance claim, a cancelled check and other situations that typically involve a monetary payout.


If you receive a demand letter and you believe the allegations are untrue, write a rebuttal. In the letter, articulate a few brief sentences addressing each point. Explain the facts, pointing out the inaccuracy in the letter. If you believe the party that initiated the demand letter has committed an offence against you, make an assertion in the letter and give a detailed description of your accusation. In the last paragraph or sentence, state that you would like to initiate a dialogue in regards to the claim and that the relevant party should contact you for a discussion on the subject.


Contact an attorney if you have any questions about the content of a demand letter or for advice on your legal rights in relation to the claim.

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