How to Write a Letter to Lawyer for Help (with Sample) Use this sample sponsor request letter as a template for your formal request letter. Last updated on January 16th, 2019
A letter to an attorney can be the first step to getting the help that is needed. There are several reasons to ask a lawyer for help. A letter can ask for initial help with a variety of issues.
Help may be needed to know what is happening with a pending case such as a child custody case or a car accident. Understanding the reason for contacting the attorney will help with writing a letter that is clear, concise, and straight to the point.
There are two formats for writing the letter. Since it is a business letter use either a full block format or a modified block format. The full block format is when all parts of the letter including the address begin on the left side of the page. Modified block format is when some parts begin on the right and some begin on the left.
Begin by writing the address of the sender at the top of the page. An e-mail address and a phone number can be added if so desired. Below this information put the date. Regardless of the format being used the date should go on the left side of the page. It will be written out rather than using numbers; for example, November 13, 2016 rather than 11/13/16.
Skip two spaces and put the attorney's name and his or her address. This should also be on the left side of the page regardless of the format being used along with a case number if applicable. The case number is below the attorney's name and this is the subject line. It should be highlighted. If there is no case number or it is not known put the client's name here. Skip two spaces and add the greeting.
The Body of the Letter
The body of the letter is the main reason for writing to the lawyer. If there are questions being asked, explain why they are being asked. If important information is being referenced make certain names, places, dates, and any other pertinent facts are included. This will ensure that the attorney knows exactly what is needed from him.
Use more than one paragraph if there are several issues being addressed. One paragraph per topic is the easiest to read and will help the attorney when he responds to the issues. The last paragraph should be two or three sentences explaining why the letter was written in the first place and thanking the lawyer for his time.
Close the letter using a suitable phrase such as “Sincerely,” This goes on the left when using full block format or the right when using modified block format. Skip two spaces and type the name of the sender. This leaves space for signing the name between the closing phrase and the typed name.
Tips for Creating the Best Letter
The reason for writing the letter is to let the lawyer know exactly what is needed. Simple language is the best. There is no need to try and impress him with big words. Using outdated phrases such as “in regards to” or “advise me” would be better simply put as “regarding” or “let me know”.
Keep the letter short and to the point. Do not add information that is not necessary to whatever is being requested. This can be confusing and cause the attorney to misunderstand the request. Read and edit the letter when it is finished so that any unnecessary sentences can be removed and make certain that the main purpose of the letter is clearly stated.
Sample Letter Using Full Block Format:
Requester’s Name Requester’s Title (if appropriate) Requester’s Address City, State, Zip Code
Sponsor’s Name Sponsor’s Company Sponsor’s Address City, State, Zip Code
Dear Sponsor’s Name,
Name of Company or Foundation is beginning to plan its annual gala to raise funds for the Save the Earth Foundation. Your sponsorship of this event for the past five years has gone a long way to support our cause and helped make this event a great success. Each year we raise money to help increase awareness of the effects of global warming on our environment. Our plan this year is to use the funds to build a recycling plant in this community.
I would like to request your support as a sponsor again this year. As in the past, your company will be represented on all of our promotional material, media campaigns and your logo will appear on the brochure. Your company will be recognized by the guests attending the gala and everyone involved as having a serious commitment to protecting the environment.
I have enclosed a sponsorship commitment letter that details the different levels of participation from which you can choose how you would like to participate in the event and support our environmental awareness efforts.
If you have any questions, please call me at 555-123-4567 or send an email to [email protected] I am looking forward to hearing from you. We appreciate your participation in the past and hope you continue to partner with us in this work.
Thank you for your time.
Requester’s signature Requester’s name printed Requester’s title List of enclosures By Andre Bradley