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A Cease and Desist is a letter sent to an individual or business that is engaging in unwelcome or illegal behaviour. The Cease and Desist acts as a formal request that the recipient stop ("cease") and not continue ("desist") this behaviour. If the recipient of the letter fails to comply with these demands, the sender should be prepared to take further legal action to stop the behaviour that is harming or interfering with the sender's rights and abilities to conduct business.
This Cease and Desist letter should be used by someone who is being harassed by a coworker, neighbour, or other individual or business. In any other situation, the General Cease and Desist may be used to request a recipient to cease and desist the unwelcome behaviour that does not constitute harassment.
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A Cease and Desist letter includes the following basic elements:
This Cease and Desist letter is specifically tailored to be sent as a demand that an offending party stop harassing behaviour that is causing physical, mental, emotional, or monetary harm to someone. This letter allows the sender to provide a detailed description of the harassment and specify the ways in which they have been harmed.
Once the letter has been completed, it may be signed and then sent via registered mail to the individual or business that has been conducting the offensive behaviour.
There are no laws outlining what must be included in a Cease and Desist letter. However, best practices dictate that a Cease and Desist include a detailed description of the offending behaviour and a clear demand that the behaviour stop or else legal action will be taken. Further, Cease and Desist letters are often used in later court cases to show that the defendant was put on notice about their offending behaviour, so the more detailed the letter, the better.
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Other names for the document: Cease and Desist Harassment Letter, Letter of Cease and Desist Harassment, Demand of Cease and Desist Harassment, Stop Harassment Letter, Harassment Notice
Country: Canada (English)