A dispute over the purchase of an item is one reason to stop payment on a check. Other reasons include the check being lost in the mail or the realization that you may have been a victim of fraud. If you do your banking at Chase, you can give stop payment instructions either at a branch, by telephone or at the Chase website. As of 2015, the fee for a stop payment order at a branch is $30 vs. $25 if done online. Stop payments can only be made on checks, not on automatic withdrawals or online bill payments. Contact the bank directly to stop either of those payments.
Creating the Stop Payment
At the bank or by telephone, ask to speak with a customer service representative to arrange the stop payment. Online, click on the Customer Center tab at Chase Online and then "Stop payment on a check." Enter the requested information. At minimum you will need the account number, the check number and the reason for the stop payment.
Both personal and business accounts have a one-year limit on how long the stop order is effective. While the stop orders can be renewed, an additional fee will be charged for a personal account. If the stop order is given at a branch, retain a copy of any completed paperwork. If done over the telephone, follow up with instructions in writing or the order will lapse after two weeks. Monitor the checking account to confirm that the bank has not cashed the check.