I will try hard to stay away from lawyers. This one guy wanted to talk about the previous job before sending me a check. I had to go back a few times for details before he'd pay me. I also think he was always late paying in hopes that i didn't keep good books. That never worked for him. He tried it once, and i showed him my calendar with check numbers (and lack of check number
He couldn't produce check image, and he was a little shocked that had my bases covered like that.