Basically as the topic suggests I have a check in my possession which while it doesn't have "void after.." appears to be valid only for 6 months. Company isn't responding to emails, I have a credible reason for not cashing it in 6 months.. was actually sent to an incorrect address (prior residence.. notified company years ago of change.. never updated on their end). Only got it after a family member who was overseas was sifting through their mail and found it. It's for nearly 4k
Sue them. If they owe you the money - they have to pay. Saying "we sent you the check, its your problem now" is not a credible defense, especially if its sent to a wrong address.
That is if they still exist.
You can start with depositing it (taking a chance of paying fees if it bounces). The "void after" is meaningless really, but different banks have different rules re stale checks.
- Establish if the check was cancelled by the company or not. Without this information you are in no-man's land. Be aware that some cancellations are not forever - IIRC many are time limited to something like six months requiring a renew by the issuer.
- Speak to your bank. Banks are not obliged to pay stale checks but they can. Yes, they rejected it once, but get talking to a personal banker (not a cashier).
- Sue them. Per littleadv's answer: the check being stale is meaningless to your right to the money they owe you.
Of course, all this is without foundation if they have ceased to exist. But even then (if you are angry enough) you could see where in the wind-down process they were and make a claim on the assets as a creditor (for example, if it was a bankruptcy situation).