What is a demand letter?
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A demand letter is a letter for payment that is sent to non-paying customers in an effort to collect a debt. The format of the collection letter sent can vary depending on its type, such as urgent demand letter and final demand letter. This has proven to be a very effective way to collect a debt, and is sometimes even sent out before an invoice reaches past due status. This document allows companies and service providers made a strong demand for payment while still maintaining relationships with their customers and clients, if it is well-written. That’s one of the main reasons why those who need to engage in collection activities often seek professional help collecting unpaid debts.
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It’s not always easy to collect a debt. The manner in which debt collection is handled has an impact on whether or not that collection will be successful. Many of those who have attempted to collect a debt without expert assistance have found their attempts to be unsuccessful, even when using a letter to recover a debt. However, a collection letter can be one of the most effective tools to use. When strategically written to create the desired impact, it can generate a higher rate of response than other approaches. This allows companies to get the payments they deserve in a faster amount of time.
A Pre-Legal Letter Can Effectively Reduce Legal Costs
A collection letter is also considered to be a pre-legal letter because it is the communication that takes place between the company and its customers before the matter reaches the point of litigation. Effective pre-legal letters can help to save on legal costs because it inspires the desired response, getting the debt settled before the case reaches a court of law. When debt continues to go unpaid, resulting to the court system is usually the last resort. Companies hesitate to let the matter reach this level because it can end up being quite costly, reducing the benefits of having the debt paid.
Using a Final Demand Letter that Still Maintains Relationships
Customers and clients sometimes fall behind on their debts; it happens. Businesses may need to follow up by sending a final demand letter, but that doesn’t mean they want to lose their client’s businesses for good. While some send a letter to recover a debt that only alienates, it is possible and more desirable to send a final demand letter that actually fosters a sense of loyalty in the delinquent customer, making it possible for them to use the services or purchase the goods of the company again when their financial situation improves.
Let an Expert Draft and Send Your Letter for Payment
Writing a collection letter is very much an art and a science that requires the expertise of someone skilled and experienced. It’s simply not a good idea to attempt creating a collection letter on your own. A written demand for payment could be too strong and chase the customer away, offending them, or it could be too soft and friendly, ending up being ignored.
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