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DO i need to worry about civil demand letter?

Van Nuys, CA |

I signed a form at the store saying i "acknowledged notice of the letter" and they got all my info (SS, address, phone, etc) just received the civil demand letter a few days ago. Did signing that form and giving my SS affect my ability to ignore it?

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Attorney answers 4


Many people on this forum suggest you ignore the letter.

I suggest you at least have it reviewed by a lawyer to protect yourself.



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The civil demand letter does not create a separate obligation to pay unless followed by a civil lawsuit which almost never happens.

The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may analyse this matter differently, especially if there are additional facts not reflected in the question. I am not your attorney until retained by a written retainer agreement signed by both of us. I am only licensed in California. See also terms and conditions item 9, incorporated as if it was reprinted here.


Ignorning the civil demand letter is just like ignoring a bill. You can not be criminally prosecuted. If you have a criminal case you are facing feel free to contact me for a free consultation. Good luck!