How To Draft a 10-Day Demand Letter To Request Payment
Did you try to collect payment from your client, but they refused to pay an invoice and ignored your emails and phone calls? It’s time to send them a 10-day demand letter.
In this article, we will explain what a 10-day demand letter for payment is, how you can draft it, and when you should send it.
When a breach of contract occurs, you have a few options to resolve the issue:
- Contacting the client via email or phone
- Sending a demand letter
- Filing a lawsuit
If your client ignores your attempts to reach out, you can send a demand letter or pursue the matter in court.
Even though filing a lawsuit might be the most obvious choice for seeking remedies and collecting damages, you should consider sending the demand letter before legal action. You can give your client a deadline for responding to your letter, and this is where a ten-day demand letter comes in.
A 10-day demand letter is an official document that you can use to request payment. The client has ten days to pay you, or they risk a lawsuit for breach of contract. A ten-day demand letter acts as a final notice which should make your client take you seriously and pay the amount they owe you.
You should send a formal ten-day demand letter because it can:
- Serve as evidence in court that you tried to settle the dispute before resorting to litigation
- Make your client take you seriously
- Help you organize your case
- Expedite the case and save you money
You should send a ten-day demand letter when:
- Your client committed to the agreement but failed to perform
- The breaching party claims that they do not owe you money
- You paid for delivery, but the goods never arrived
- The breaching party fails to acknowledge your informal requests
- Your client is hard to reach on purpose
In the table below, you can find the guidelines for writing a ten-day demand letter:
|Ten-Day Demand Letter Elements||Details|
|Introduction||The introduction should include basic information about why you decided to send a demand letter|
|History of services||This section should contain the facts about the event, such as:
|Evidence||Attach any evidence you have about the client’s refusal to honor the deal, such as:
|Demand||The demand should contain your request for payment or performance under the agreement. You should include a warning that you intend to pursue the matter in court if the client fails to respond and honor the agreement|
|Deadline||Give the breaching party a deadline of ten days to respond to your letter and fix the problem. Make sure to emphasize that the client has ten days|
You can find ten-day demand letter templates and samples online, but keep in mind that they are generic and will not automatically comply with your state’s laws.
Instead of spending countless hours online searching for a reliable template and adjusting it to your case, use DoNotPay to create an airtight demand letter in minutes.
Follow the steps below to generate your demand letter easily:
- Open the Client Breach of Contract product
- Add all the required information, such as:
- Details about the client and your contract
- Services you performed
- Date when you entered the agreement
- Date of your final payment request
- Amount that the client owes you
- Select the final due date for payment—ten days
- Add photo proof (if you have any)
As soon as you provide the details about your case, our app will generate your demand letter automatically.
If you want to get familiar with state-specific laws regarding breach of contract, consult the table below:
|South Carolina||North Carolina||Florida|
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