Two days after being asked to fill out a document and get it signed, I receive an email just saying:

"We are following up on the correspondence below".

I'm not a native speaker, so I'd like to ask if this is a kind reminder or if it has some other meaning. The conversation occurred with a law firm.

  • Is there a reference at the end of the letter ("below"), confirming the subject? May 13, 2018 at 9:12
  • @TimLymington Yes, the email sent (two days) before is at the end of it!
    – Jan
    May 13, 2018 at 17:52
  • If you're really saying that was the only content of the message, they made a very big mistake. Ask them what they left out. Otherwise, what did they actually write, please? Jun 14, 2018 at 0:23

2 Answers 2


After re-reading the OP’s question, I believe we have interpreted it incorrectly. The OP states,

Two days after being asked to fill out a document and get it signed, I receive an email just saying...

I now interpret this to mean that the OP was asked to fill out a document. Presumably the letter’s author has not received the filled-out document yet and is following up to see if it has been done yet.

This use of follow up is, as OP suspects, a “kind reminder” to fill out the document and return it to them.


This is sometimes called a holding email (or holding letter), simply to reassure you that though the lawyers are not able to give you a proper reply yet (probably your matter is at the end of a to-do list), your case has not been forgotten.

  • The first time, I've ever encountered this phrase... thanks a lot for the clarification! (Can't vote yet...)
    – Jan
    May 14, 2018 at 18:35
  • @Jan... Your dictionary may have "follow up"
    – GEdgar
    Jun 13, 2018 at 17:33
  • I now think this is probably the wrong interpretation. See my answer.
    – Jim
    Jun 13, 2018 at 17:55

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