How to Write a Notice of Intent to Sue

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How to Write a Notice of Intent to Sue

Deciding to sue a company or person is the first step after meeting with the opposing party amicably without resolution to the solution. Once you have reached the decision the next step is to write a letter of intent to sue with stipulations for settlement. The letter is a legal step to announce your intention to take the other party to a small claims court to settle the matter.

Writing a letter of intent is a specific process. The formatting and wording of the letter need to be clear, concise, and correct.  Don’t go it alone and write the letter incorrectly, let DoNotPay help you through the process.

Reasons to Write a Letter Of Intent to Sue

There are many reasons to sue a company or person, and each needs to start with a letter of intent. Delivering a letter of intent will go into the court’s records to prove that there was an attempt to settle the matter outside of court. It also shares your conditions to begin settlement negotiation and alerts the other party to obtain legal counsel. The wording of the letter will depend on the reason for suing. For instance, the wording of a breach of contract letter, the return of a security deposit, and paying for damaged properties will all contain different demands and wording.


Here are a few examples:

  1. Sue for breach of contract
  2. Sue for return of security deposit
  3. Sue for damages to property
Sue for breach of contract Writing a letter of intent to sue for breach of contract indicates that the matter has not been settled by receiving a refund of paid money or another arrangement of contract fulfillment. The breach can apply to both verbal and written agreements.
Sue for return of security deposit Landlords can sometimes try to find any small reason to not return the security deposit. After requesting the deposit returned several times, a letter of intent to sue may be the only step necessary to obtain the deposit.
Sue for damages to property There are times when neighbors, friends, family, or acquaintances damage property and refuse to pay.  A letter of intent can push them to pay for the damages or allow them time to get a lawyer of their own.

Writing a Letter Of Intent To Sue by Yourself

Writing a letter of intent to sue is a formal and legal document. The formatting of the letter should include:

  1. Your information including your address, phone number, and phone number—or that of your lawyer.
  2. Effective date
  3. The plaintiff’s name- your name
  4. The defendant’s name- the person you are suing
  5. Settlement or compensation demands
  6. Citation of law broken or basis of legal ability to sue

To get the legal wording correct, form letters, and writing the letter yourself can lead to incorrect language or citations. It would be best to consult a professional for writing the letter.

Dangers With Filing a Lawsuit by Yourself

Legal proceedings have different processes, and no two cases are the same. Knowing the procedure and the jargon can help with navigating the legal arena. Filing a lawsuit by yourself can cause problems like:

  • Lawyers using their knowledge to confuse and intimidate
  • Loopholes that professionals know how to avoid
  • Weak evidence base
  • Wrong paperwork filed

Hiring a lawyer can guarantee that the opposing side will not be able to use their knowledge against you and that the paperwork is correct the first time. Save time and money by hiring professional help.

How to Write A Letter Of Intent to Sue With DoNotPay

While writing a formal letter is easy to accomplish, a legal letter is very different. Learn how to write an in-depth formal letter that can be delivered before the drafting of the intent to sue is completed by the professional you hire. When you hire a professional like DoNotPay, you receive benefits like:

  • Easy professional letters
  • Continued case assistance
  • Accurate evidence and paperwork submissions

Let the professionals assist in taking the stress out of settling your dispute. DoNotPay has an easy and fast way to obtain the letter of intent to sue quickly and correctly. Take the guesswork out of the equation and know that there is someone in your corner to help you through the process. Follow the simple steps below to obtain your letter of intent to sue and begin your case on the right foot.

  1. Log in to DoNotPay and select the Sue Now product

  2. Enter the dollar amount you are owed

  3. Select whether you want a demand letter or court filing forms

  4. Describe the reason for the lawsuit and submit any applicable details, including photo proof

That’s it! DoNotPay will then generate a demand letter or court filing forms for you. We’ll even mail a copy of your demand letter to the individual or business you are suing! Easy, fast, and correct all you need to do is wait for the response!

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

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