If my doctor’s office lost my refund check in the mail and they want to charge me a check cancellation fee, is this right?

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If my doctor’s office lost my refund check in the mail and they want to charge me a check cancellation fee, is this right?

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Utah

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, you should not be liable for the check cancellation fee unless you lost the check--e.g. if you'd lost it (admitted getting it the first place) and asked them to cancel and resissue it, then it would be reasonable to charge you the cost. The above said, you have to ask yourself if it's worthwhile potentially getting involved in litigation to try to recover or save the cancellation fee, if the doctor's office is determined to charge it to you--since if they insist on charging it, the only way to force them to not would be with a lawsuit.


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