General Purpose Cease and Desist Letter Free

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A Cease and Desist Letter is sent to a person or a company engaged in unwanted or illegal behavior. This letter is a formal request for the recipient to stop ("cease") and discontinue ("desist)" its behavior.

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A Cease and Desist Letter is sent to a person or a company engaged in unwanted or illegal behavior. This letter is a formal request for the recipient to stop ("cease") and discontinue ("desist)" its behavior. The sender must be prepared to take further legal actions if the recipient does not intend to comply with these requirements to stop the misconduct that impairs the sender's business and rights.

The sender, through this Cease and Desist letter, may request the recipient to stop any misconduct. Below are examples of specialized documents for the following situations:

  • Intellectual Property Cease and Desist letter tailored to demand that some form of intellectual property infringement stop
  • Harassment Cease and Desist letter tailored to demand that a party stop harassment
  • Debt Collection Cease and Desist letter tailored to require that creditors and debt collectors stop their aggressive communications in an attempt to collect a debt
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A Cease and Desist letter consists of:

  • Sender: A person or company requesting termination
  • Recipient: A person or company being asked to stop the behavior
  • A detailed description of misconduct and its consequences
  • A warning that legal action will be taken if the misconduct won't be stopped
  • A deadline by which the offending behavior must cease or else legal action will be taken

The Cease and Desist letter is a general-purpose and may be used as a request that a person or business stop any misconduct. The sender may include in the letter a detailed description of the unwanted behavior and the damage caused by that.

Once completed, the letter should be sent through certified mail to the individual or business, that hasn't been behaving properly.

Applicable law Applicable law

No law regulates what must be included in a Cease and Desist letter. However, we recommend including a detailed description of the offending behavior and make an apparent demand that the behavior has to stop or else legal action will be taken. This way, you'll avoid difficulties in the future as you will have everything documented, and this will facilitate the court process.

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