Trust Accounting - Post a Check


Post a Trust Check

When a client has a balance of funds in trust, a trust check can be posted up to the amount of the current trust balance. Brief Accounting will not allow a trust account to be overdrawn.

Select the Trust module > Check tab.

Enter the file number and click OK.


Enter the check details. Pay particular attention to the date.
The "Pay to the Order of" field and the "Amount" fields are the only two required fields.
When the detail is entered Click Post or click New to enter another check and post the checks in batch later.

TIP! Note the small round buttons beside the "Firm Name", "Pay to the Order of" and the "Reason" fields. These are "Hot Spot" buttons. Click to automatically insert commonly used data into the field. Clicking the Firm Name button automatically inserts the firm's name. Clicking the Reason button automatically inserts the text "Fees and Disbursements".


IMPORTANT! Note the Check No field. If the field has a check number in it, it means that check printing is currently turned off. If the field says "request" it means that check printing is turned on and the program will confirm the check number at the time of posting and printing.

You may wish to have check printing turned off if you do not use Brief Accounting for printing checks. You may also want to have it turned off if you are back entering data and do not want to print the actual items.

To turn check printing on or off, select the Bank module > Account tab. Enter the Bank Account and click OK.

Check or clear the "Check Printing On" check-box:


Once a trust check has been posted it cannot be edited. The only information that may be changed on a posted check is the check number. Changing the check number may be necessary if a check needs to be reprinted. If for example, the check form jammed during printing, it would need to be reprinted using a new check number.

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