Decline to Give Advice — Letter-Writing Tutorial


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • always willing to
  • am sorry, but I am unable to
  • am not in a position to
  • appreciate your confidence in me, but
  • asking me about
  • do not feel qualified to
  • don't know enough about
  • is very knowledgeable about
  • is an expert on
  • know very little about
  • may be a better person to
  • may I suggest that
  • not my area of expertise
  • not familiar with
  • regret that I cannot
  • thank you for
  • thinking of me in this regard
  • was honored by your request, but
  • would be happy to
  • would serve you better

2. Express your good wishes.


  • Although I am unable to help you, I hope that you will soon find a suitable solution.
  • I send you my best wishes as you resolve this difficult situation.
  • I hope you can find the answer you are searching for.
  • I hope that all goes well.
  • If I can help you in another way, please let me know.
  • I wish you the best of luck in whatever decision you make.


  • although I am unable to help
  • am confident that you
  • am sure that you will
  • certainly deserve to
  • have no doubt that you
  • have my best wishes
  • help in any other way
  • hope that you
  • that everything will work out
  • things will go well for
  • to a successful conclusion
  • will turn out fine
  • will undoubtedly succeed
  • will work things out
  • will succeed in this
  • will find the best course of action
  • will be able to resolve
  • will soon find
  • wish you all the best
  • wish you the best of luck

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