What to Do When You Receive a Legal Notice?

What to Do When You Receive a Legal Notice?

“I received a legal notice, what do I do?” Is the most common question a lawyer gets. Receiving a legal notice can be an intimidating experience, but it’s important to remember not to panic. A legal notice is not just a piece of paper; it signifies the start of a legal dispute. It sets the tone for the forthcoming legal proceedings and hence, must be taken seriously. The way you respond to a legal notice can greatly influence how the litigation unfolds.

Here are some tips you should follow if you find yourself in this situation –

1. Engage a Professional Lawyer

The first step you should take upon receiving a legal notice is to engage an attorney. Legal matters can be complex and difficult to navigate without professional help. An attorney will be able to guide you through the process and provide advice tailored to your specific situation. There are multiple types of statutory legal notices, such as those under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and Section 106 of the Transfer of Property Act, etc and understanding the type of legal notice you have received helps you to better understand your rights and obligations.

2. Respond to the Legal Notice

It’s crucial to respond to the legal notice in a timely and appropriate manner. Ignoring the notice will not make the problem go away and is one of the most common mistakes. This can impact in the Court of law and the question can come up why you did not reply to the notice and deny the allegation.

3. Deny Allegations Where Required

If the legal notice contains allegations that are untrue, it’s important to deny these allegations in your response. If you fail to do so, these allegations may be deemed to be admitted, which could negatively impact your case.

4. Be Mindful of the Timeline of Reply

Legal notices often demand an action within a specific timeframe, such as 15 days or 7 days. Many people make the mistake of taking too much time to reply, assuming that there will be no repercussions. Although a reply can be sent within a reasonable time, it’s best to respond as quickly as possible to avoid any potential issues or start of a litigation before the Court.

5. Counter Claim, If Any

If you believe that the legal notice contains false or misleading allegations, you have the right to make counter allegations in your response and further make a counter claim and demand against the person.

In conclusion, receiving a legal notice can be a stressful experience, but with the right approach and the help of a legal professional, you can navigate this process effectively. Remember, it’s important to take legal notices seriously and to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.