I have a group of people in my business community who are attempting to create a smear campaign, by approaching anybody who could possibly be working around me, and telling them that I am a bad person, using various labels. I tried to send a letter to one of those people, posing as a lawyer (yeah I know, what a dumbass), but they noticed. I do however want to send an actual letter- officially- how would that work, how much would that cost? What happens after that? I just want the people to stop.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Of course you can send a letter in your own name, being truthful (and very careful), but this could get very complicated, fast. You need to consult an attorney.
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Oil / Gas Attorney
You should consult an Austin litigator who knows something about defamation and tortious interference. I would expect that an attorney could meet with you , get the facts and send out an appropriate cease and desist letter for $500-1000.
Of course, you also need to be prepared to decide what you will do if the letter doesn't work. The statute of limitations for defamation is one year, so you can't sit on the situation too long, if you need to file a suit. You do need to consult an attorney very soon.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
If what they are saying is purely a matter of opinion or well based in fact then it may be very difficult to take any legal action against them.
Personal Injury Lawyer
A local lawyer wouldn't charge much for a cease and desist letter, but it is unlikely to be effective after you cried wolf. A tortious interference with business relations claim can be investigated.