Decline to Give Advice • Letter Examples and Guide

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Example Letter #1


I am flattered that you would ask me for advice on such a delicate matter. I regret that I cannot be much help to you. I have neither the wisdom nor the experience to guide you in your divorce. However, I have a friend in Springfield, John Doe, who practices family law. If you wish, I can refer you to him. Whatever you decide to do, you have my best wishes.

Example Letter #2


Although I am flattered that you have asked for my advice, I am sorry that I must decline your request. My experience in the area of commercial real estate has been limited, so I really don't feel qualified to answer your questions.

However, John Doe, another agent in our office, has worked in this area for more than ten years and has a thorough understanding of the issues involved. I would recommend that you contact him with your questions.

Thank you for thinking of me. I wish you success in your new project.

Example Letter #3


I received your letter asking me for advice on how to invest the insurance settlement you recently received. While I appreciate the confidence you have shown in me, I really feel it would be better if you asked someone with more objectivity. I value our friendship too much to become involved with advising you in financial matters. There are many qualified, reputable professionals who can advise you better than I could.

I wish you the best in finding someone who can help you with this important matter. I look forward to seeing you at the Club's annual holiday party next month.

Example Letter #4


Much as I would like to take some of the credit for the next great decision in your life, I must bow out. Advising you on your relationship with Jane Doe would put me into a conflict of interest that could come back and haunt me.

I wish you the very best of luck and wisdom in this tricky situation.

Letter-Writing Tips

If you cannot give advice, express your regret, and suggest that someone else would be in a better position to do so. Avoid comments or expressions of personal opinion, unless they are complimentary.

Step-by-Step Guide

1 Explain in an inoffensive way that you cannot or would rather not give advice. If appropriate, suggest who may be qualified to do so.

Example Sentences

I appreciate your confidence in me in asking for advice, but I don't feel I know enough about the situation to give a good answer. Because I am not familiar with your situation and with this state's laws concerning your predicament, I feel unqualified to give my comments. Perhaps my colleagues, Doe and Doe, located in downtown Springfield, could serve you better. I would be happy to set up an appointment for you if you would like. I am sorry but I cannot offer you advice as to which direction to take. I believe you and your husband should study the options together and then come to a mutual decision. I really don't believe that I am the most qualified person to give that type of advice; however, if you just want to talk, I am here to listen. Because of the risk of litigation, the legal office advises me that I should refrain from giving investment advice at this time. Thank you for thinking of me when you needed advice. I am flattered, but I think someone with more experience in investing would be better qualified to help you. If I knew a lot about real estate, I would be glad to advise you. Since my knowledge is limited, it is best that I try not to give advice. I think that my brother, John, may be the best person to ask. I appreciate your coming to me with such a complex problem, but I do not feel qualified to help. Thank you for entrusting me with such personal and confidential information. I am glad you feel you can come to me with problems. Unfortunately, I cannot give you advice in this case, because I lack the medical knowledge. May I suggest that you speak with my friend, Dr. John Doe? He is a professional and will keep your discussions in strict confidence.

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