New Ante Litem Notice Requirements for Cities

As of July 1, 2014, there are new ante litem notice requirements for claims against municipalities. The first new requirement in the law is that the description of the injury in the ante litem notice must “include the specific amount of monetary damages being sought from the municipal corporation.” The amount of damages being sought is considered an offer of compromise and will not be binding on the claimant. The second new requirement is that the ante litem notice must be served on the mayor or the chairperson of the city council or city commission, and the service must be accomplished by personal delivery, certified mail, or statutory overnight delivery. Any attorneys who have claims against municipalities must be aware of these changes to make sure that their ante litem notices comply with the statute. The text of the new law can be found here.