Sunday, May 08, 2005
The Pen is Mightier than the Telephone
While this may seem an obvious solution to some of us, particularly those of us in the legal profession, many people don’t realize how essential the letter-writing step is in almost any potential dispute. In many cases, an effectively written letter can produce exactly the result you desire, without recourse to more drastic action. Of course, situations will invariably arise where someone will ignore your letter and, assuming it makes sense from a cost-benefit analysis, you may have to pursue legal remedies. Even so, your letter provides a written record that you have attempted to resolve the problem informally and is, in many cases, a prerequisite to legal action. Obviously, none of this should be taken as legal advice, since I am not your lawyer. If you are faced with a potential legal dispute, you should consult a lawyer to make sure you know what your rights are. And it’s always a good idea to have your letter reviewed by a lawyer beforehand, so start making friends with those lawyers you always thought were so boring. They can really come in handy.
As for my friend M, he emailed me this week to tell me that work in his apartment was scheduled to start on Monday.