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How to Write Appealing Demand Letters

Gain an understanding of the process and preparation that is needed to provide appealing demand letters.

Many attorneys rush to file a lawsuit without first sending a compelling and thoughtful demand letter. In failing to do so, they forego a significant opportunity to negotiate an early settlement without the need for lengthy, expensive, and sometimes disastrous litigation. This topic helps attorneys craft a compelling, engaging, and powerful demand letter to encourage early resolution and initiate a dialogue prior to (or instead of) filing suit. The information explains what should be included (or avoided) in a demand letter, common errors in drafting demand letters, the importance of knowing your audience, and what strategies you may employ to initiate settlement negotiations.

Runtime: 60 minutes
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Agenda

Importance of Writing a Demand Letter

  • Notice to Parties and Insurers
  • Statutory Requirements (If Any)
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Potential Early Resolution
  • Requires Careful Analysis of Strengths/Weaknesses of Case
  • Learn Opponent's Positions, Claims, and Defenses

When Not to Send a Demand Letter

  • Statute of Limitations Approaching
  • Strategic Advantages
  • Significant Risk of Party Evading Service

Considerations When Writing a Demand Letter

  • Detailed Allegations vs. General
  • Know Your Audience
  • Tell a Story
  • Reserve Rights
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Highlight Benefits of Settlement vs. Perils of Litigation
  • Should You Set a Deadline?
  • Exhibits

Developing a Factual Narrative

  • General vs. Specific Facts
  • Describing Past and Future Damages

Citation to Law

  • How Much Is Too Much?
  • Relevant Authorities
  • When Not to Include Law

Things to Avoid in Your Demand Letter

  • Hyperbole and Snarkiness
  • Legalese
  • Extortion

Finalizing Demand Letter

  • Importance of Proofreading
  • Review by Third Persons (Including Non-Lawyers)
  • Delivery Methods
  • Follow-up
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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
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  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CO CLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Education Services is a Certified Provider, as recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Committee. This program is approved for 1.0 credit hours.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s).
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
     
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  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.2
     
  • This course qualifies for self-study CLE credit in Missouri.
     
  • MT CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.0 CLE credits.
     
  • NC CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.0
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 60 Minutes.
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 1.00 hour. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
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  • PA CLE 1.0
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • This self-study program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hour(s) of CLE credit. Please note: Attorneys may only claim 6 credits per compliance period in this format. This course is considered "Non-Moderated Programming without Interactivity".
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of A/V credit under the Law & Legal Procedure category.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.2 MCLE hours.
     
  • NALA 1.0
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.0 hour(s).
     
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Faculty

Neer Lerner

Neer Lerner

Hamrick & Evans, LLP

  • Attorney at Hamrick & Evans, LLP in Los Angeles area
  • Practices in fields of business litigation, employment, entertainment, and catastrophic personal injury
  • Editor-in-chief of The Legal Seagull and producer of several video litigation tutorials for attorneys and self-represented litigants in the areas of pretrial litigation, discovery, case strategy, settlement negotiations, evidence, and trial
  • Author of several articles on legal topics and host of The Legal Seagull Podcast
  • Licensed to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • J.D. degree, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; B.A. degree, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] and @lglseagull
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Product ID: 404978
Published 2019
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