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Joe Owe
75 Debt Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 555-2176

21 June 2010

Dear Mr. Owe:

In June of 2009 I painted your home for a contract price of $10,000. While you made the first two of the contract payments as agreed, you have refused to make the final $3,500 payment. I have made repeated attempts to collect, but you have not come forward with the money. I am requesting that you make the payment in full by 21 July 2010, or make specific arrangements to pay the balance.

I will expect a response to this letter no later than 1 July 2010. If this matter is not resolved by the time specified above, I reserve the right to commence legal proceedings to recover the debt without further notice to you and this letter may be tendered in court as evidence of your failure to pay.


Pat Smith
56 Money Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
(724) 555-6712

The letter that you write should be professional looking – it should be typed on a computer or typewriter. Now that the letter is written and sent, sit back and wait patiently during the time you have offered. Don’t call and harass or try to intimidate the other party.

Remember, you do not need a lawyer to write your demand letter; you can write the demand letter yourself and save yourself the cost of hiring an attorney. However, if you have any reservations about drafting a demand letter yourself, you should at least talk to attorney about your situation. is here to help you draft your demand letter or put you in contact with an attorney specializing in collections and demand letters in your area. If you have any questions about our sample demand letter template, feel free to shoot us an email.

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Preston Clark has been writing about legal tech since 2010. He's currently the CRO for a leading legal tech SaaS company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Preston was formerly in-house counsel for the University of Miami and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America. In his free time, Preston enjoys building world-class sales teams, reading about SaaS, playing pick-up basketball and planning adventures with his son.