- Written by Joan E. Lisante
Step 1: Try To Settle
Your demand letter should include:
- a summary of the facts;
- what you see as the damages; and
- a clear request that the other party pay up by a certain date.
Be sure to include your contact information (phone/fax numbers, e-mail, etc.).
If you reach an agreement, write down terms of settlement. In exchange for paying you the money, the other party may ask you to sign a "release", giving up further claims against him.
If all this is too overwhelming, seek the help of a mediator or arbitrator. Many cases sent from the courtroom to a mediator do get resolved. You can usually find a mediator through the clerk's office of your local court, and some jurisdictions mandate mediation as part of their own procedural process.
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