Is there a time limit a vendor has to submit invoices for payment?
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The statute of limitations is 2 years for oral contracts and 4 years for written contracts. Thus, it is important to know if you had a written contract with them. Thus, right now as of right now the statute of limitations has not run. However, it is only an oral agreement and the consultant waits each longer, the 2 year old invoice might ultimately be barred by the statute of limitations.
I also agree that you need to determine if the services listed were actually provided and at the agreed rates.
As a practical matter, you should ask the consultant in writing when the invoices were previously sent and by what method, since you never received them.
I agree with Mr. Jacobson. No statute of limitations appears to have run (2 years on oral contracts, 4 on written) but it certainly is bad business practice. There is compromise hiding somewhere in the detailed facts.
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Hello Chatsworth -- as a former Chatsworth Chancellor, I have a few questions. Was the work described in the invoices done? If so, has it been paid? If not, then the work done needs to be paid for, even if the invoicing is late. This is certainly a bad business move by upsetting a customer, but it is otherwise legal.
Sometimes the invoice is quite vague, and that is something that you might want to negotiate about, but assuming the work was done and not paid for, then your company has the responsibility to pay for it.
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