The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) surveyed 900 members in 1988 to find out what concerns they had. Late final payment was considered the most serious problem by 81% of the respondents. There are some things you can do to help get paid on time. Check the contract documents regarding type, terms, and provisions for payment. Once verbally awarded a project, carefully check the contract terms for payment. Once a project begins, you must prepare monthly invoices and billing according to the contract provisions. If payments are continually late, contact the general contractor and discuss the situation. Remember, you have a legal right to be paid. The Prompt Payment Act, which applies to all tiers of subcontractors under federal construction contracts, says subcontractors must be paid within 7 days after the prime contractor has been paid or an interest payment must be made to the subcontractors.