How to address a letter to an attorney

Written by margo dill
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How to address a letter to an attorney
A letter to an attorney follows business letter protocol. (typing image by Aditia Patria Warman from

If you need to write a letter to your attorney, it is as simple as writing a business letter. The only difference is you need to make sure you include several ways to contact you with the information you are requesting. Otherwise, you follow the same rules you would for a business letter.

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Things you need

  • Computer or typewriter
  • Paper

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    Put your return address. This can go at the top like a header you would find on most business stationery. You can also start your return address just right of the centre of the page. In today's technology age, make sure you include your home phone and cell phone numbers as well as your e-mail address. You most likely want the attorney to easily get a hold of you to answer your questions or help you with legal issues.

  2. 2

    Enter the date. Spell out the month instead of using an abbrevation. The date starts at the left margin of the page. Leave two blank lines between your return address and the date.

  3. 3

    Address the attorney. Find out the name of the attorney you need to contact. If at all possible, do not address the letter as "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Lawyer." Also, you need to find out if the person is male or female. Many names are neutral such as Kelly, Taylor or Carter. Do not use Mrs. or Miss in your address, unless you know the person well, and you know what she prefers. For men, use "Mr." For women, use "Ms."

  4. 4

    Skip two to four lines, depending on the length of your letter. (If possible, fit your letter on one page.) Type the name of the attorney you are writing the letter to, starting at the left margin. Write Attorney at Law on the next line, followed by the name of the law firm and the street address.

  5. 5

    Write your greeting for your business letter to an attorney. Use "Dear "and "Mr." or "Ms." with the person's last name, such as "Dear Mr. Smith." After the name, put a colon.

Tips and warnings

  • When writing an attorney you know well or have worked with many years, it is still important to use a business letter format if the letter contains legal matters.

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