When I Receive An Attorney’s Letter, I…

by Shirley George Frazier on June 12, 2009

how will you handle a legal letterIn the book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, there’s a mock letter in chapter three from an attorney that states you are using the same name for your business as another firm that has trademarked the name.

The letter continues by demanding that you stop using the name and shred everything in your possession with that name, and it’s all to be done within a certain period of time.

That’s just one type of letter that can end an otherwise great day, and designers worldwide can tell you about other types of attorney demands that they’ve received in the past.

This problem is one of the reasons I spoke with attorney at law, Robin Gronsky, and recorded the conversation on the CD Legal Tips to Keep Your Company Out of Court. Robin continues to be a source of assistance to me as I operate my business.

What if you’ve not retained legal counsel to handle such letters? When you receive an attorney’s letter, it’s a situation that’s best not addressed on your own.

You may hope that the problem goes away or think you cannot afford legal advice, and you could be right. But are you willing to sacrifice all of your hard work?

In the late 1990s, I can recall traveling to New York City for months as I navigated my way through Manhattan courtrooms. It’s not fun.

Legal counsel did not accompany me to each appointment, but the counsel I retained was extremely effective, and best of all it didn’t cost me anything outside of money for postage. I was very lucky.

If you open your mail and read a letter sent by an attorney, how will you proceed?

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