Sample Legal Letters

Legal letters deal with issues concerning the law.

Examples include a parent writing to an attorney about a child support case . . . a car owner informing a party that they will be taking legal action against them to seek monetary compensation following a car accident . . . a lender, investor or loan servicer demanding payment from a private individual or another business . . . and a business advising a competing company to cease and desist from violating their intellectual property rights.

Legal letters are best left to someone with knowledge of and/or experience in writing them. Usually, your lawyer/counsel will take care of drafting the letter and making sure it reaches the intended recipient.

You should never find yourself unwilling to seek the services of an experienced writer. The letter you will otherwise end up with will not have the full weight of the judicial system behind it and the recipient is virtually guaranteed to ignore it.

Legal letters are usually full of legalese. So, don't expect to find much layman's language in them. Reading and comprehending legal letters can be a strain on both your vocabulary and your mind!


[Company name]

Sub: Notice of intent to sue [Name of hospital] for malpractice resulting in life-threatening hospital-acquired infection

Dear [Ms./Mr. Last name],

My client, [Ms./Mrs./Mr. Last name], was admitted for a cholecystectomy which was uneventfully carried out on the night of September 5, 2010.

The surgery was successful and my client was discharged three days later on September 9, 2010, and [Ms./Mrs./Mr. Last name] rejoined work the next day.

One week later, my client complained of uncharacteristic fatigue, intermittent breathlessness, palpitations, muscle weakness, pain in the joints, mobility problems, and debilitating nausea.

Four days of consultations and tests at [Name of medical facility] revealed that my client had fallen victim to a life-threatening hospital-acquired infection.

I am writing you this letter to inform you of my client's intention to sue [Name of hospital] for malpractice as we have reason to believe the infection was caused by negligence on the part of [Name of hospital].

As the attached documentary evidence will tell you, no alternative factor(s) could have been the cause of the infection, which has resulted in a drastic drop in the quality of life for my client and diminished career growth and employment opportunities.

On behalf of my client, I advise [Name of hospital] or your counsel to write the undersigned within 15 days and tell us why we should not go ahead with the lawsuit.

My client and the law firm look forward to resolving this issue amicably.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Thank you for your time.


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