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Hi, I would like to ask some advice on how to proceed with

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Hi, I would like to ask some advice on how to proceed with a legal matter.
I subcontracted to an electrical company, who subcontracted to a mechanical company to supply equipment to a client. Due to lots of problems with the mechanical parts we ended up spending 3 months longer on site to get the equipment going, something the mechanical guys agreed to pay for.
Now it seems this company has gone bankrupt (not sure where you check this) and there is still about R180 000 payment outstanding. I do believe that some of that has been paid to the electrical company but they have kept it to themselves (I heard this from a third party).
Would there be any point in trying to recover some of the outstanding money from the electrical contractor as my legal cost might be higher that the money I might get back?


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Who did you have a contract with, the mechanical or the electrical company?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi, my contract is with the electrical company.


Your claim is against the electrical company and not against the mechanical company. The fact that they are liquidated should not affect you. You should let the electrical company know, who you are contracted to, to pay the outstanding amount before a certain date or you will have to take legal action.

If they off course refuse, it will then mean that you will have to get a summons issued in this regard.

Please ask more if not clear.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you.


Would 1 month be a reasonable time to arrive at a due date?


I assume I would need a lawyer to get a summons issued?




14 days are more than enough.

You will need a lawyer to get a summons issued.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I would need a lawyer in Rivonia that could help me with this problem, but I am not sure if you can answer that.


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