Sample Letter of Declination With Referral

{Today’s Date}

Sent via email {} and/or regular US Mail

{Accident Victim’s Name}
{Address – Line 1}
{Address – Line 2}
{City, State, Zip}

Re:       Your Motor Vehicle Accident on {Date of Accident}

Dear {}:

Thank you for calling this office to inquire about your potential case. I am very sorry to hear about your accident and injuries. Unfortunately, this firm will not be able to represent you and will not be taking any action on your behalf. Additionally, we will not provide you with any legal advice.

The statute of limitations in Arizona for a tort action is generally two years from the date of injury. However, this time period can be dramatically shortened, as follows:

If your claim involves a government/public entity such as a state, county, city or school district. In this instance, you have only one year to file a lawsuit and you also must properly serve a notice of claim to the property entity and representatives within 180 days from the date of injury.

If your case involves defamation, workers compensation, dog bite or another type of claim that arises from a statute, you have only one year from the date of injury to file a lawsuit to preserve your claim. Workers compensation claims may require an earlier reporting to an administrative agency before a lawsuit can be filed. These and other time periods are subject to several exceptions, which may cut off your right to make a claim for your injury.

Therefore, we recommend you consult with an attorney immediately since at that point your claim(s) would be forever lost. Based on the information you provided us, we recommend the following attorneys:

Marc Lamber & James Goodnow*
Lamber Goodnow of Fennemore Craig, P.C.
2394 E. Camelback Road, Suite 600
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Tel: (602) ARIZONA or (602) 833-0279

We wish you the best of luck.



{attorney’s name}


*We do not receive a referral fee from this attorney. We suggest this attorney based on the information you provided to us. However, you should select this attorney or any other attorney of your own liking.