My question involves independent contractors in the state of: New Jersey
I'm an independent contractor with a NJ S-corporation. Back in Jan, 2010, I entered into a contract with a consulting company to do sub-contract IT services for their large financial client. The contract ended on paper on Jan, 2011, but at the time I asked for a rate increase an got it, but didn't have an official written contract for the extension, it was verbal. I continued work for this financial client through the consulting company until Aug 12, 2011. I'm having issues now collecting payment for the last two weeks of service. They are 1 month behind, and according to the consulting company they are awaiting payment from their financial client before paying me. I'm not getting any sort of definitive payment date from the consulting company nor their financial client. The consulting company is giving me no response in terms of of a payment date. And I've tried to reach the financial company's accounts payable department and keep leaving messages but get no responses back. Is there a definitive cut off time when I should expect to escalate this by getting a lawyer, or should I send an official certified letter to the consulting company and financial company? Not sure if I'm being too aggressive, or if I should wait longer?