How to write a letter of appeal

Updated April 17, 2017

Receiving news that makes you unhappy can often be hard to accept. It could be anything from financial aid not going through to a court hearing going wrong. The proper way to address the issue is to write a letter of appeal. You can write a letter to appeal just about anything.

Write down the reasons that you want an appeal on a separate piece of paper. Writing everything down on a separate piece of scrap paper before you start writing the letter can help you gather your thoughts before you formally begin writing the letter.

Use a computer with a word processing program to write the letter. This way, your letter is legible and looks professional.

Write your letter in a block business style format. Start with writing your contact information at the top of the page, then write the date below your contact information. Next, write the contact information for the person to whom you want to direct the appeal.

Write a greeting to the intended recipient of the letter. Here are some examples of a greeting:

Dear Mr. Smith,
Dear Sir,

Start writing the formal appeal letter. In the first paragraph, explain to the reader why you are writing him for an appeal. Use paragraphs that have three to five sentences in each paragraph. Do not try to indent the paragraph. Skip lines between each of your paragraphs. This is how a block letter is written, and it makes for an easy-to-read letter.

Keep the letter to the point and write all the detailed information as you know it. In the last paragraph, restate the fact that you would like to appeal the recipient's decision and thank him for his time in reading your letter. Close the letter formally with either "Sincerely yours" or "Respectfully yours." Do not put anything emotional in your appeal letter. Emotional outbursts in your letter will not help your case.

Reread your letter of appeal. Make sure that you correct all grammar and spelling errors. Check all the information to make sure that it is accurate. Send the letter out in the mail. The person should have some sort of response to your appeal.

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