Intimidating legal letters to threaten suit
This is an important action because creating an entry in the Legal Threats Database will help others who receive similar letters know that they are not alone and assist them in weighing their options regarding how to respond.You will also allow the CMLP to track who is sending legal threats and make it possible for our lawyers to help others in a similar position.Write this type of letter when you are a creditor or collection company that is informing the letter recipient of potential legal action as a result of a late payment on an account.Include pertinent details, such as the amount owed, date when it was due, and the name of the original creditor.It often helps to ask someone you trust to review and edit your letter before you send it.: If you determine that your activity is not legally defensible, stop it immediately and do not wait for the sender to file a lawsuit against you.If the law is from a country that’s different from the one you reside or work in, it likely does not apply to you.However, given that such determinations often involve complex legal analysis, you may want to check with a lawyer to ensure this is the case before disregarding the letter.
Refer to our section on Finding Legal Help for resources to use in making this determination.
Determine whether the letter relates to material posted on the site by a user. Review the situation and the facts Once you have a sense of why the correspondence was sent, write down everything you know about the situation, including: when you received the correspondence, the nature of your actions that triggered the sender’s letter, and any relevant interactions you’ve had with the sender.
However, if the sender sues you for not complying with her letter, you may have to provide this summary, so keep to the facts only and don’t include your opinions about the situation. In the course of your research and fact gathering, you will probably come to one of three conclusions: Go ahead and draft a letter or email back to the sender explaining why you think your actions are appropriate.
Oftentimes, acquiescing to a legitimate request will make the threat go away.
However, if the sender demands payment of some kind, we strongly advise you to review the section on Finding Legal Help.