Letter of Demand

A demand letter is a formal written request sent by one party to another for payment or performance of an obligation. A letter of demand is frequently the first step in resolving a legal dispute in Singapore.

When a disagreement arises, one party may choose to send a demand letter to the other party before taking more formal legal action, such as filing a lawsuit. The letter formally outlines one party’s claims and demands and allows the recipient to respond and resolve the issue without going to court.

The primary advantage of a letter of demand is that it can often be resolved more quickly and cost-effectively than a lawsuit. However, if the letter’s recipient fails to comply with the demands, the sender may choose to file civil litigation.

Our experienced lawyers at Advance Law can help with both demand letter and civil litigation processes. We can assist our clients in drafting a compelling notice of demand and representing them in court, ensuring the best possible outcome for their legal dispute. If you need help with a legal dispute in Singapore, please contact us right away to set up a consultation.

Civil Litigation

Litigation is the process of taking legal action. Civil litigation generally involves at least a Plaintiff (party commences legal action) and a Defendant (receiving party of the legal action). Both parties do not involve the State and generally the legal action pursues a claim.

Examples of Civil Litigation include matters such as Tenancy Disputes, Debt Recovery etc.

What is the process like?

Legal action does not begin in a Courtroom where lawyers argue matters in front of a Judge.

Prior to the legal proceedings, the plaintiff would usually seek legal representation to first send a letter of demand requesting the opposing party to comply with the demands.  If the Defendant/Respondent does not comply, lawyer may advise commencing legal action.

Do consult with lawyers to fully understand the process and cost involved.

If my claim amount is small and the Respondent is ignoring my requests, do I still need to bring the matter to Court?

Not necessarily, it depends on the facts of the matter.

Where will my case be heard?

  • Small Claims Tribunal (Claims below S$20,000.00)
  • Magistrates’ Court (Claims between S$20,000.00 – S$60,000.00)
  • District Court (Claims between S$60,000.00 – S$250,000.00)
  • High Court (Claims above S$250,000.00)

I want to sue someone, should I do it?

You should always seek legal advice before commencing any legal action.

Our lawyers will take a look at your situation based on the facts and evidences of the matter. Through a consultation, they will analyse the following: –

  • Whether you have a strong or weak case
  • What the options or angles are to proceed with the matter
  • Cost of the entire legal proceedings
  • What the potential outcomes are of proceeding with legal action
  • Figure out the purpose of your intentions

It is recommended to seek legal advice to understand fully what may or may not happen and whether it is realistic to proceed. Getting an objective view on matters will help you evaluate the benefits and risk of commencing legal action.