Joint Checks

This is the main page for articles about joint checks. Joint checks are checks that are made payable to two or more parties.

Joint checks are a common feature all over the construction industry because construction projects have complex, tiered payment structures. Most commonly, joint check agreements are entered by general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers. In this situation, any payments made by the general contractor for work with the supplier’s materials will be paid jointly to the sub and the material supplier. The supplier is protected from nonpayment from the subcontractor, and the general contractor is protected from a mechanics lien on the part of the material supplier.

When a joint check agreement isn’t in place, the GC pays the sub, and, ideally, the sub turns around and pays the supplier. However, the construction industry is fraught with inefficiencies and potential roadblocks in the payment process, and that doesn’t always happen.

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