DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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How to write a complaint letter

April 30, 2016 • By Dennis Beaver

“As a Small Claims Court judge in California’s Central Valley I am amazed at the number of disputes which might have been resolved out of court, if a clearly written complaint letter addressing the problem were sent.

“Before filing a small claims case, you must ask for payment, and this is best done by sending what we call ‘a demand letter’ which should briefly and politely state what you want and why. But, even with help available on the California Small Claims Court website, we often see angry, confusing, rambling, sarcastic letters that go on page after page, likely remaining unread.”

“Dennis, if you would do a story on how to complain — how to write a demand letter — it will be so helpful to the people we serve and I can keep more of my hair!”

To Boston-based attorney, former CNN commentator and legal writing instructor at Harvard, Steven Stark, “It’s not only the average person who has difficulty in writing an effective complaint letter, surprisingly, lawyers are often terrible writers!” he told us with a broad smile…click here to read more