How to Write a Letter to Disagree With a Decision


Decisions happen everyday that people disagree with. You may find yourself on the wrong side of a decision more often than not, but just because a decision is made doesn't mean you have to be silent about it. Letter writing is often useful in making a case as to why a decision made was the wrong one, whether it be in politics, at work or in a court of law. Professional, polite and informed letters are more likely to be taken seriously than angry or profane diatribes.

  • Address the letter to whomever you wish to read it or the person responsible for making the decision.

  • Provide a summary of the decision that was rendered and when that decision was made. This lets the reader know why you are writing.

  • Describe your relationship with the issue at hand. Be honest about what your interest is in the decision and why the decision is important to you.

  • Provide facts and logical arguments about why the decision made was the incorrect one from either a business, legal or a moral perspective. If you have facts or statistics relevant to your argument, citing them will give you more credibility.

  • Attach any additional documents that prove your information is correct and label them "Exhibit A, B, C" etc. Reference the exhibits in the last paragraph of your letter so the reader knows which one is which.

  • Close the letter asking for reconsideration on the issue. Provide your contact information so you are available to discuss the decision if the reader wants to. Sign and date the letter once you have finished writing it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Type your letter to make it more professional looking and easier to read. Maintain a professional tone and keep the letter brief and to the point for best results.

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