Demand Letters: Giving Notice Before Legal Action

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Before taking legal action against someone, you usually have to give that person a formal written notice. You do this by sending a demand letter.

What should the letter say? Do you always have to send one? If you receive one, how do you respond?


What is a Demand Letter

This article on Demand Letters explains what a demand letter is, the situations when you have to send one, why it can be a good idea to send one even if it is not required and situations when the law says a person is automatically notified (so a demand letter is unnecessary). 

How to Writing a Demand Letter

This article on Writing a Demand Letter explains : 

  • Who can write a demand letter?
  • What must a demand letter say?
  • When should you send the letter and how

This article also has models of demand letters.

What to do if You've Received a Demand Letter

This article on Answering a Demand Letter explains how you can respond, what to consider before responding and how to prepare to negotiate or go to court.


Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.