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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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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on February 27, 2019.

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  • 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.
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of credit.
     
  • OR CLE 1.0
     
  • Approved for 1.0 CLE credits in Oregon.
     
  • 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.
     

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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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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