This is a difficult question because you will not, more than likely, going to be in court.
In other words, it will end up being what you can convince the owner.
A receipt would help. Bank statements showing the money in the account may also help.
There may be a 10 day rule but I have never heard of it. Most checks are good for at least 90 days.
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If you live in Arizona, please contact me for actual advice; this is just speculation. It certainly is not legal advice. I don't have enough information to give actual legal advice. I can only take the limited information presented and provide a idea of what you might do and how it may turn out.