To stop a direct debit line with a company or an individual one must inform the bank either in writing, online or by phone. In the event that the company or individual with whom you have established a direct debit line wants to change the sum or date, they must inform you beforehand.
When an account owner gives instructions to his bank to regularly transfer money from one account to another, he has made a standing order. In order to cancel a standing order one must inform the bank either in writing, online or by phone.
Regular payments can also be made to companies and individuals via credit or debit cards, this is known simply as a recurring transaction. The classic example of such payment is a subscription to a magazine, gym or opera house. Although one must finish paying what every amount was agreed by contract, one may contact his bank to force the regular scheduled payment.
If a check has not yet been cashed it may be canceled by notifying the bank.