6 Questions you need to ask when you receive a Legal Notice
What is a Legal Notice?
Legal Notice is a document that puts allegations on the defendant (Receiver of Notice) contained within the complaint. In simple words, Legal Notice is an intimation given to the defendant by the complainant about the complaints on defendant.
What is our next step?
The Legal notice must contain the complete details (Full Name and Postal Address) of the complainant. Check the details and ascertain who the complainant is. This is important in case of an out of court settlement or if the notice is due to some confusion from the complainant’s end.
Then check what are the allegations levelled against you (defendant). Then you can dcide on the course of action you need to take. It is very important for you to understand the charges levelled against you. If you did not understand any term in the notice you need to make all the efforts to understand it including and not limited to consulting a trustworthy lawyer.
Is reply to a Legal Notice necessary?
No. Replying to a legal notice is not a requirement under law. Courts won’t pass an ex parte decree (A decree passed against the defendant in absentia) automatically for not replying to a legal notice. The importance of a legal notice would end as soon as the Court proceeding starts. Only when you don’t appear in a case despite serving summons on you, shall the Court passes an ex parte order/decree.
Why should I reply to a Legal Notice then?
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