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User-Defined Information

For many years, EstateVal has been a reliable source of evaluation data for thousands of bankers, trust officers, brokers, lawyers, paralegals, accountants, and IRS auditors. While the basic functions of the program are sufficient and powerful enough for the average user, there are numerous tools that allow users to customize each EstateVal report to reflect unique entries. For instance, the User-Defined Information dialog is a powerful, yet often overlooked feature. This dialog can be used to override item entries to reflect a different security name, additional description, or user-defined price or accrual. In addition, it can also be used to enter additional entries for common trust funds, cash balances and even enter a deduction to reflect a commission.

To access the User-Defined Information dialog, you must first highlight the CUSIP number and click on the Adjust Inventory button. If you are adding an entry to the list, you may choose to enter an arbitrary number or text under the CUSIP field. If no data is entered in the CUSIP field, a CUSIP number in the form of EVP0001 will be automatically assigned when the Adjust Inventory button is pressed. Once the Lot Information screen appears, select the appropriate valuation-type tab and click on the Edit button. In order to activate the User-Defined Information fields, simply click on the Use User-Defined Information checkbox. Once selected, any information entered in the section will override all previous information retrieved by EstateVal for that security. Should you decide to undo the changes, simply deselect the checkbox.

More tips and hints:

Did you know that EstateVal will also accept negative values? To enter a deduction, such as a commission, simply enter a negative sign before the value.

Remember when entering user-defined price and accrual, make sure that you define whether the values are Lot Total or Per Share prices.

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