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How To Group Debtors

This document discusses manually grouping debtors that you would like to keep together.

There are several reasons for grouping debtors:

* You may realize that several of your accounts are related and you may wish to view them together.

* You might have one outstanding debt, such as a funeral home bill, with several debtors who could be responsible to settle the account.

* You may have several debtors who belong to the same Client, or share some other type of information that you want to keep together.

* You may have a group of debtors setup already and you may get a new debtor that you want to add to the group.

In any of these cases, and others, Collect! allows you to link these accounts together.

Getting Started

First, let's find the first Debtor that you would like to put in your group.

1. Pull down the Browse menu and choose Find By Name. You will be presented with a form where you can type in a name for Collect! to find in your list of Debtors.

tip.gif Type in a name just as it appears in the Debtor form, that is, Last Name, comma, First Name. It is not necessary to capitalize the letters. You can also look for near matches. Please read the instructions in the Find By box or look up Find By in the Help index.

2. When you have entered a name for Collect! to find, select OK. The Debtor form for that name will open on your screen, if Collect! finds it.

3. Let's assume the system has found the name and proceed. Now that you are looking at the Debtor form, notice the 'GROUP button near the top of the form, in the center. It has an arrow on either side of it.

tip.gif If the Debtor you chose is already in a group, this button will be yellow and the arrows will be yellow. You can press the Group button to see all members in the group or press the arrows to see the Debtor form for each member at a time.

4. Press the Group button. If the Debtor is not already in a group, you will be prompted to form a new group.


Prompt To Select Debtors To Group

5. Read the instructions carefully and select OK. The list of all debtors will open and your first choice is already highlighted in yellow. This means it is selected.

6. Now use the arrow keys to find other records you want to group. When you find one and it is highlighted, (it is black) press the spacebar and it turns yellow. Now it is selected too.

7. Carry on until you have selected all your debtors for the group this way. After they are selected, they show blue when you move off that line in the list.


Selected Debtors for New Group

tip.gif Look in the last column of the list of debtors. Notice that this particular list has a number 5 there for some records. This means they are in a group. This column shows a number when a debtor is in a group. Collect! gives each new group a a different number. When you are finished with this exercise, your group will have a number too.

8. Now that all of your debtors are selected, Press F8.

If none of the debtors that you selected are currently in a group, Collect! prompts you to create a new group.


Prompt to Form a New Group

If you have Account Matching enabled, Collect! may ask you if you want to copy information, depending on your Account Matching Setup.


Prompt to Copy Information in New Members

If some of the debtors that you selected are currently in a group, Collect! prompts you to join them to an existing group.


Prompt to Join To an Existing Group

9. Select OK to proceed with grouping the accounts.

10. You are returned to the Debtor form and now the Group button is highlighted and the arrows on either side of it are too.


Debtor with Group Information

Also, there is a Group Number in the Group box (in the case above, it is ' 7') and the current Debtor has a Group Member Number (in the case above, it is '1'). You can select the arrows to see the other accounts in this group. Notice that each of them has the same Group Number but a different Group Member Number.

11. Click on the Group tab. This shows all of the members in the group in the Matching Accounts list. Group financial totals are also displayed. Press F1 to see help on this form.

From the Matching Accounts form you can edit the group or its individual members, or run a contact plan across the group.

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Adding Members To A Group

If you choose to group a Debtor who already belongs to a group, the Group button will be highlighted in yellow when you first view the Debtor's record. If you press the Group button, as you have just done, you will see the Matching Accounts form.

Press Edit Group and follow the instructions displayed on the screen. The steps outlined above should be followed for selecting additional debtors for your group.

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Account Matching

When you enter a new Debtor, Collect! can automatically find matching accounts based on criteria you choose. The Group Member Setup button that you see in the Matching Accounts form is a way of fine tuning your Account Matching routines.

tip.gif However, Account Matching MUST be set up by administrative staff prior to grouping debtors or editing matching criteria in the Matching Accounts form. Setup is performed through the Account Matching Setup accessed from the Options pull down menu, Preferences. Choose Plans and Reference Tables.

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See Also

- Introduction To Grouping Accounts
- How To Ungroup Debtors

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