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The proxy is correct in that stopping payment on the check is not the way to solve this civil suit. The proper way to solve the suit would have been to sue him after you issued the check. Once you issue a check for payment that is a legal tender
of funds and unless he agreed to the stop payment, you have executed self help in a civil dispute which is frowned upon by the law and you have issued a bad check, which is actually a felony (crime) punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Thus, the proxy is right, you pay the check and you sue for the breach of contract
civil dispute you are alleging as your reason for wanting to stop payment.
If you do not want to give him the money directly, then you need to still file suit and you would file a motion when you file suit for permission of the court to put the money from the check in the registry of the court to hold the money until the court decides on your civil suit and this guarantees if you win you can get your money back instead of him spending it all so you cannot get it back.
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