IanCP - 9:08 pm on Dec 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
Technically a cheque is a promise to pay independent of any other transaction
In my state of NSW in Australia, a cheque is evidence of a debt. Many trade organisations advise members to at least get a cheque, post dated if necessary, even if you are sure it will bounce. You sue on the basis of the cheque not the work done. The only defence is that the cheque was obtained by fraudulent means.