When a dispute emerges on a construction project, the demand letter is the first tool contractors employ to resolve disputes without needing to resort to a lawsuit, and for good reason — according to a report released by Arcadis, the average construction dispute in North America is valued at over $16 million and takes well over a year to resolve. A demand letter can effectively end a dispute before it begins, but only if it’s written by an experienced attorney.
Below a construction lawyer in Clarksville, TN, discusses why you can’t fake a lawyer’s demand letter and why only a demand letter written by a lawyer has the clarity, succinctness, and effectiveness to resolve your dispute in a timely manner. If you’re in search of a law office to draft a demand letter on your behalf, look no further than Cotney Construction Law.
The Point of a Demand Letter
The ultimate goal of a demand letter is to resolve a dispute without the need for drawn-out litigation. It’s illogical for an opponent to decide to spend money on a legal defense when they could save far more by simply resolving the dispute. Most opponents do see reason once they’ve received a demand letter from an attorney’s office; however, your opponent is going to see right through a demand letter that is without a legal letterhead, even one that’s written to sound professional, edited to be error-free, and sent through certified mail.
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Your demand letter should show that you mean business — that you’re willing to see this dispute through to the end with the aid of experienced, aggressive legal representation. A demand letter written by a construction attorney in Clarksville, TN, has teeth and is usually enough to stop a dispute in its tracks. In an industry plagued by cash flow issues and bankruptcy, it’s in every party’s best interest to end a dispute long before it’s brought before a judge.
Demand letters must have weight behind them if they are to be effective. We find that a large number of disputes result from withheld payments. If this is the case with your dispute, it is imperative to preserve your lien rights in order for your demand letter to be effective. As long as you’ve preserved your lien rights, your opponent will recognize the threat of an impending mechanic’s lien and be more willing to forfeit due payment.
At Cotney Construction Law, we can not only draft effective demand letters but also ensure that your lien rights are always protected. And with a subscription plan, you can enjoy unlimited demand letters as well as a bevy of other features that can help ensure that your company is never blindsided by a dispute. If you’re in search of a law firm that can draft your demand letters and much more, consult a construction attorney in Clarksville, TN, from Cotney Construction Law.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.