We have plumbed several hotels in the past couple of years with one of our contractors. We were doing 2 hotels at the same time and had well over $50,000 still due in retainers after the jobs were complete. We started a 3rd hotel and the contractor said he had to fork out $200,000 cash to cover the bond for the subs. Because of this he said he would have to hold off on paying the retainers until this 3rd job was complete. The job was completed in January and the loan has closed (I think early last week). We weren't too worried about the money because we were supposed to start another hotel and an apartment complex for the same company; however, the owner died and the son decided he wasn't going to continue with the large jobs....so the jobs we were counting on basically aren't going to happen. I emailed the son (now owner) about when we were going to get paid. He left me a message stating that the money for the 3rd hotel should be here this week. I sent him another email asking about the other money reminding him that we were supposed to get paid when the bond money was released and he has not responded...this was 3 days ago. Now I'm sick that we aren't going to get our money and we really NEED it! We have contracts on all three jobs and the contract states that the contractor is supposed to pay the subs within 7 days of receiving payment so they are definitely in default with at least the first 2 hotels. The first two hotels have been open for over a year now!! I just don't know what to do at this point...should I call the banks or owners of the first two hotels and tell them that we haven't been paid? If we hire a lawyer, that will be even more money we have to dish out.