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Placing A Stop Payment On A Cashier's Check
by John Burnett, BOL Guru

Question: When can a stop payment be placed on a cashier's check?

Answer: One cannot place a stop payment on a cashier's check.

A bank may refuse payment of its cashier's check under certain circumstances, such as alteration, forged endorsement, or a claim against the payee/presenter. But it should be sure of its position before doing so, because the penalties for wrongfully refusing payment are stiff. Particularly when a holder in due course is involved, the bank that refuses payment of its cashier's check is walking in a minefield.

Another situation in which a bank may refuse payment of a cashier's check is in the special circumstances of a lost, stolen or destroyed check, which are described in detail in UCC 3-312.

But stop payment, an emphatic "no."

First published on 07/21/03

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