How to write a demand letter

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If you’re owed money, the best way to get it back is by going to court.
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One of the most effective tools in the lawyer’s kit is the ability to write a firm, persuasive demand letter. Its purpose is simple. Someone has wronged their client, and the letter sets out the problem and how the other party can make things right. (Often it’s paying a sum of money by a certain date.) This approach can be very effective at getting a swift resolution and heading off a long and expensive court process. Here, we walk you through the steps to write a demand letter yourself.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in September 2023
  • Time to read: 9 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

David Kandestin

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