There’s Been No Response to a Demand Letter—What To Do Next
Your client breached a contract, and you sent them a breach of contract demand letter warning them that you might take further legal action. The due date goes by, and there is still no response to the demand letter—what to do next?
In this article, we will tell you how to write a final demand letter that should outline all the previous sections and a new due date by which the breaching party needs to comply with your demand. We will also tell you how to file a lawsuit if the breaching party fails to respond.
Writing a demand letter is one of the best options for settling a breach of contract case out of court. If properly formatted and professionally written, a demand letter can help you avoid costly litigations. The demand letter will:
- Notify your client of the breach
- Request that your client fulfills their contractual obligations
- Warn the client of your intention to sue
Check out the table below to find out what happens after sending the demand letter:
|The Breaching Party May||What You Should Do|
|Respond to the letter||Depending on your client’s response, you can either expect to receive damages or take legal action. If they deny that they breached the contract, you can sue them and demand damages or other remedies|
|Settle and pay||Your client might agree to all the demands in your letter and settle. In that case, you should create a settlement agreement and get your client’s signature|
|Ignore the letter||If your client ignores your letter, you can:
Preparing another demand letter might seem like extra trouble, but it can save you time and money you would otherwise spend in court. In case you have no other option but to file a lawsuit, your final demand letter will serve as evidence in court.
In your final demand letter, you have to include the actions that you will take if the other party fails to respond again.
Follow these guidelines when writing your final demand letter:
- Give a concise description of the facts
- Be polite and professional
- Specify your demands and legal actions you intend to take if the other party does not resolve the issue immediately
- Set a deadline by which the other party needs to act
- Make copies of your final demand letter
- Send the letter via certified mail
You can find plenty of demand letter templates online, but you should know that they are not reliable or case-specific. With DoNotPay, you will not have this issue as we will create a professional and fully personalized demand letter on your behalf. Sign up for DoNotPay to draft your final demand letter in minutes!
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To create your final demand letter, register for DoNotPay and follow these steps:
- Select the Client Breach of Contract tool
- Provide all the necessary information about your case, such as:
- Client’s name
- Client’s address
- Date when you entered into the agreement
- Amount that the client owes you
- Date when the payment was due
- Date when you sent the last invoice or payment request
- Enter the new due date by which you expect to be paid
- Explain which services you performed for the client
- Add photographic evidence (optional)
Once you complete all the steps, DoNotPay will generate your final demand letter, which you can print out, make copies of, and send to your client.
If you want to learn more about the breach of contract regulations and practices in your state, consult the table below:
|South Carolina||North Carolina||Florida|
Whether the breach of contract was fundamental, anticipatory, or material, DoNotPay can help you get compensation for the losses it caused. After the due date from your final demand letter expires, you can use DoNotPay’s Sue Now feature to take your client to court.
We will help you by:
- Filling out the necessary court forms
- Collecting the paperwork you need for the lawsuit
- Filing the complaint with the court
- Generating a script that you can use at your court hearing
Follow the instructions below to start your case:
- Open DoNotPay and select the Sue Now product
- Type in the dollar amount that the other party owes you
- Choose whether you want a demand letter or court filing forms
- Explain why you’re filing the lawsuit and add any proof that you have
Keep in mind that your client may try to raise affirmative defenses to breach of contract by giving a reason why they did not carry out the terms of your agreement.
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