Processing Payments


This tutorial will walk you through the steps to Process a Payment in TrustBooks for either your Trust Account (Green) or Operating Account (Blue)


1. Start on the Dashboard Page.

2. Click the  Process Payment link under the Payments section.

3. The Process Payment page is displayed. Coose which account you want to process a payment from using the drop-down menu. If you only have one account, it will default to that account.  

The Trust Account Process Payment page is green:

The Operating Account Process Payment Page (Blue)

3. Select the Client associated with this payment.

Once you select the Client, the Current Balance for this Client is displayed.

Note: The client is not a required field for a payment out of your Operating Account. 

Note: TrustBooks displays the Current Balance to provide a visual of the available funds for this specific Client/Matter. Attorneys are not allowed to bring a Client/Matter balance into the negative. By displaying the available balance, you can quickly see how much funds are held in trust for this Matter and make sure payment does not exceed this amount. 

. When entering in a Payment for the Operating Account select the Type from the Chart of Accounts. 

5. Enter Amount. This is the amount of the payment. 

Note: You will not be able to Save an amount that exceeds the Current Balance of this matter. This feature helps prevent users from overdrawing the available funds for a specific Matter. 

6. Enter the Number. This is the transaction number associated with this payment.

For example, if payment is made by check, this would be the check number. This will be greyed out if you are planning on printing the check from TrustBooks. For the Operating Account an Invoice Number field has been provided. 

7. Select the Date. This is the date payment is made. 

8. Click on Select Payee in the Pay to the Order of field. 

Once you create a Payee, the information is stored in TrustBooks. You will be able to select the Payee from the drop-down box.

9. Enter a Purpose/Description into the Memo Line. This field requires a purpose or description of the payment. 

Note: This feature helps users stay in compliance with State Bars that require the Client Name and Purpose/Description be displayed on the Memo line of all payments.

10. Check the box next to PRINT CHECK to be printed (OPTIONAL).TrustBooks allows you to print checks directly from the software to blank check stock.

Note: Once you have checked the Print Check Box the Number field will be greyed out. You will be able to select the check number in the Print Check Window when you are ready to print the checks.

If you plan to print this payment, select the Print Check box. If you are not printing the check then you can ignore step 10. 

Note: TrustBooks supports Intuit QuickBooks compatible laser voucher check stock with a single check per page at the top of the page.

11. Save all changes. You have two options:

Save – information will be saved, and you will be redirected to the Dashboard page.

Save & Enter Next Payment – information will be saved, and you have a shortcut option to go directly to the Payment page to enter the next payment.