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Cease-and-desist letters can be used by anyone experiencing harrassment, defamation, or any other on-going legal problem. Such a letter should state how you’ve been harmed, what sort of behavior must stop, and what legal grounds you have for taking the matter to court. Although you may send the letter through the mail, it’s best to have it served by the sheriff.

Below is an edited version of a cease and desist letter I used recently.

Karen Smith

100 Main Street

Anytown, USA


Ms. Smith,

You must immediately cease and desist all offensive activities towards Ms. Stacy Jones, including but not limited to, the following:

  1. Approaching Ms. Jones and/or her young children when they are outside their home.
  2. Filing unwarranted reports against Ms. Jones with town officials.
  3. Making rude and aggressive hand gestures at Ms. Jones if/when she walks past your house.

Your behavior has seriously alarmed Ms. Jones on several occasions and has caused her substantial emotional distress.

If you fail to adhere to the demands made herein, legal action will be brought against you in District Court pursuant to M.G.L. c. 265, ยง 43A and all other applicable laws.



Justin R. McCarthy

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