How to pay contractor, who to make check out to?

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What will the check help prove? You will have the bill with the payment instructions on it. You will have the canceled check or a facsimile (depending on how your bank works) showing that you paid the bill exactly as requested. Those together will certainly be "proof" that payment was made for the services rendered.
John McGaw
[Knoxville, TN, USA]
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