A. Legal notice is a written document sent to someone through an advocate whether it is a person, company or any other entity, to inform them that you have faced some grievance which infringes the legal right and notifying them of taking a potential legal action against them. It is basically like a final warning to the receiver that the sender is all prepared to initiate a legal action and it is the final opportunity for the receiver to resolve the issue in hand properly. There is a specific format which any lawyer shall follow, whether it is an apex court lawyer or a district court lawyer. Hence, we need to understand what a legal notice does consist of. A legal notice must include the following points: • A compact statement of all the requisite facts that led to your grievance and claim. • The exact action and relief sought from the person or company to whom you want to send a legal notice. • The laws under which the relief is sought or action is required to be taken from the receiver. Procedure to send a Legal Notice- 1. The first step is to connect with a lawyer who has good drafting skills to draft a legal notice on your behalf. The legal notice must be drafted in a language understood by the receiver, with the issue, the relief sought and to offer the addressee a reasonable time (say 15 or 30 or 60 days to settle the matter through negotiation and by performing the desired action). 2. You must provide all the necessary details relating to the names of people involved, their address, contact information, grievance caused, date and time when the grievance was caused, previous attempts of contacting the person or company for resolving the dispute, and any document or evidence in relation with the grievance. The notice is duly signed by both the client and the lawyer. It must be sent via registered post, and the acknowledgement is retained. Usually, a copy of the notice is retained by the lawyer. A legal notice can also be sent via mail or whatsapp. Recently, in June 2018 the Bombay High Court has said in a judgment that legal notice or messages sent through WhatsApp messaging app are valid legal evidence under law, and the blue tick over the messaging app is a valid proof that the respondent has accepted the physical copies of the communication. 3. After sending the notice, keep a duplicate of receipt of post office sent. This acts as a proof in case of filing for the court case. 4. Now, the person or entity on whom the legal notice is addressed will have the above mentioned days to revert back with the notice or agree for out of the court settlement. Generally, sending a legal notice solve the issues initially. In most cases, it is found that a legal notice has prompted a person or company to take immediate action within the time limit provided, without the necessity to take the matter to the court. Moreover, if you do not receive any response to your legal notice within the stipulated time period, you are at an advantage stage to file a case in the court against that person. All these steps have to be followed for sending a legal notice for any matter where your legal rights are being infringed or violated by someone.
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