Paid contractor lost the check I wrote and requests another.

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Paid contractor lost the check I wrote and requests another.

Recently paid a contractor for services rendered in full with a check. He called to request I place a stop payment on the check because he lost it because his vehicle was allegedly broken into and the check stolen. Requested I issue another check. What are my obligations to his request?

Asked on October 4, 2016 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If he received the check, you are under no obligation to reissue it: his receipt of the check fulfills or discharges your obligation to pay him, and what happens to the money after he gets it is his concern, not yours. Consider: if you had paid him cash and then he lost it or was robbed, you clearly would not need to give him more cash. The same principle applies here.


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