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Why Send a Demand Letter?

Updated: Oct 29, 2022

Graphic icon of a signed letter demanding payment.

It is usually better, and sometimes legally required, for you to formally ask the other side (the person you are suing is called the Defendant) to pay before you file a lawsuit. This is commonly known as a Demand Letter. If the other party does not agree to pay, you will be able to file a lawsuit.

Why should you send a demand letter?

  • A formally worded demand letter will often convince the other party to pay, as they too want to avoid a lawsuit.

  • The cost of sending a demand letter is much less than the cost of filing a lawsuit.

  • The time spent sending a demand letter is much less than the time spent filing and carrying out a lawsuit.

Why should you use to build and send your demand letter? will generate a detailed, professional, and personalized demand letter based on the information you have provided. With you won’t have to run all over the internet looking for the right legal language and you will not have to hurry off to the post office to pay and send your letter via certified mail.

More resources

Read the articles below to learn more about preparing, writing, and sending a professional, detailed, and personalized demand letter.



The quest for justice is never easy, particularly when it comes to getting your money back. However, thanks to advances in technology, it has become easier. Quest for Justice’s first app, JusticeDirect, is the only app of its kind designed to support people without lawyers resolve their dispute and get their money back, both in and out of court. The first step to getting money back is through a letter demanding payment from the other party JusticeDirect offers customizable demand letters for free. If the letter demanding payment does not work, then the next step is taking them to court. JusticeDirect* will guide users every step of the way through the small claims court process by helping them:

  1. Understand the legal process;

  2. Evaluate the pros and cons that come with taking someone to court;

  3. Generate small claims court forms; and,

  4. Avoid common mistakes when filing your forms and serving notice on the other side.

*Currently, JusticeDirect can only help litigants sue in California’s small claims court.

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