How Much Does a Cease and Desist Letter Cost?

A cease and desist letter, also known as a C&D, is a letter written in order to stop certain activities such as trademark violations, harassment, stalking, slander and more.  The purpose of this letter is to tell the recipient that all activity must be stopped or else legal action may ensue.  While a C&D can be written by any individual, it is highly recommended that a lawyer is brought in to make sure the letter is written properly.  The cost of writing a letter is going to depend on the lawyer, the complexity of the issue, your geographical location, who you’re going after and if the case has to go to court.

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Average Reported Cost: $1037.5

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  1. Mark (Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania) paid $75 and said:

    I paid my local lawyer a flat rate for a standardized C&D letter. It has worked out tremendously since so many people online have been stealing my photographs.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Josie paid $2000 and said: said:

    not worth it

    Was it worth it? Yes

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