Am I responses to pay a contractor after 2 years?

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Am I responses to pay a contractor after 2 years?

I had a pool installed paid contractor $12,000 in check which he didn’t deposit until 2 years after at which time the funds were no longer available. Am I still responsible to pay him?

Asked on December 1, 2017 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are still responsible to pay them. The contractor did the work for you pursuant to a contract (whether written, oral, or a mixture of both) under which they agreed to do work for you and you agreed to pay them. If they did their part (did the work), then you are contractually obligated to do your part and pay. If you don't pay the full amount you owe, they could sue you for the money based on "breach of contract." In your state, a breach of contract lawsuit may be brought for up to 4 years; that is, they have up to 4 years to take legal action and force you to pay. If 2 years have passed, then they are still well within time to bring a legal action and force you to pay.


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