Disbursement List Views

Modified on Tue, 03 Jan 2023 at 07:53 PM

Customised disbursements list views allow you go choose what information you want to see about your disbursements.

Similar to your time entry list views, you can create customised lists of the Disbursements that you have created in Actionstep. See details of the Disbursement, how it has been billed and records it is linked to as well as being able to change the layout and order of the items in the list.

Creating Disbursement List Views

To create your disbursements list view go to:

  • Admin.
  • Click on the Custom List Views tile.
  • Click the Manage button in the Disbursement List View section.
  • Click on the green Create New List button.
  • Now you need to set up your list by entering the following information:
List Name
A name for the list you are creating
A description of what information is held in the list - it is good practice to detail here exactly what your list contains, for example "A list of all disbursements that have not been billed". 
Sort Order
 Where you would like to list to appear in a Menu group name, for example if you are creating three lists that you want to appear under a group heading called "Disbursements" you can give them sort orders of 10, 20 and 30 this means that the list with sort order 10 will appear first and the one with 30 will appear. If you do not specify any order they will appear in alphabetical order.
Menu Group Name
The name of the menu where you would like the report to be inserted this will appear under the Timesheet heading in the main menu. Examples, of Group Names are shown below. You can have multiple list views in one Menu so you can keep them organised (remember this is case sensitive, and optional). If you do not insert a menu group name the list will appear individually under the Timesheet heading in the main menu.

  • Next choose what system roles can "see" your custom list view - you tick the box next to the system role you want to be able to see the list view you are creating (please note that if you do not tick any) no one will be able to view your list.
  • choose whether you want the custom list view you are creating to be a default view. The default view is the list you see when you click on Matters and then Matter list. By default, this list contains all matters that are assigned to ourselves however this can be changed to any list view that we want. If you are creating a list view that you want to be a default for a specific system role then you can use the tick boxes below to enable this. 
  • Next choose your filters. If you leave the box empty then all the options will be shown in the list view. For example, If you leave the matter status box empty all the tasks (regardless of their status) will be shown in the list view. If you choose "Inactive" then only the inactive matters will be displayed in the list.
  • Click Save.
  • A new list is automatically populated with some of the most common columns/task elements to save you the effort of setting these up each time. If you don't want any of these columns simply remove them in the column editor by using the checkboxes and selecting the 'Delete' button.

You will notice that the columns are automatically created with default positions spaced 100 positions apart. This allows you to insert columns between these columns by selecting position numbers in the gaps.

Adding Columns

To add a new column select the 'Add Column' button at the top right of the screen. The column editor will open and you can enter a name and default position for your new column. You will also need to select a "Data Source" for the column as shown below.

Data Sources

"Data Sources" are used to group fields from the same area of the Actionstep database to make them easier to find. New data sources and fields are added from time to time so the screenshot above might be slightly different in your system. The data sources shown below have the following meanings:

Data Source
DisbursementInformation in relation to the disbursementDisbursement ID, Description, Entered by, quantity, price
ActionInformation in relation to the matterMatter ID, Matter Name, File Reference, Matter Type Name
BillingInformation in relation to billing information on the matter
Invoice ID, Billing status, billed amount

Previewing and Setting Column Widths, Sort Order, and Filters

Once you have completed your list you can click on 'Preview' to view your list with live data. You can then extend column widths, sort the order by a particular column by clicking on it, move columns around and add a filter. By clicking on the filter with a drop down arrow you can choose what you want to see (for example, below we only want to see tasks assigned to a certain person). You can save your choices by clicking on Admin - Save as default layout and filters. 

Business Use Cases

Why/How is this useful to my business? 

Examples of how businesses use these reports in a practical sense are:-

* Comparing monthly invoices to entered disbursements to make sure costs have been passed on to clients - for example, couriers or property searches to compare against a monthly invoice to make sure you are recouping all your disbursements

* Tracking costs from a certain source - keeping track of how much is being spent on couriers, property searches, etc. 

* A list of disbursements that unbilled so you can keep track of reasons why you are not recouping any disbursement costs. For example, property search fees when conveyancing matters do not proceed.

Related Articles:

- Disbursements

- Using Custom List Views

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