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|FHC-XX||Direct Pay Set Up - AVANTE USA||October 31, 2023||1.0|
This document discusses the process that applies ONLY for Avante USA settlements. Please note that there is another creditor known as AVANT which is based in Chicago and is a different creditor. Avante USA is based in Houston TX and processes Kohls's credit cards. For other creditors, Forth will release other documents over time outlining their specific procedures.
The following provides an overview of the settlement negotiating process and describes the current procedures required to convert settlement payments from an existing payment type to Direct Pay (Click here to learn more about Direct Pay)
For normal ACH/Check by phone payment types, there are five (5) steps involved in the negotiating process. With Direct Pay, the last step, there is no longer a need to call creditors to set up scheduled payments.
🔺For all AVANTE USA settlements, please inform your team not to call in payments as they can cause duplicate payments with this creditor.
For Direct Pay payments, the information filled out in the Creditor Payee Details section is significantly changed. Once you have selected the payment method under the payment terms as direct pay, the CREDITOR PAYEE DETAILS section (left-hand side of the screen) updates with Direct Pay Details.
Please copy the AVANTE USA Account number exactly as listed on the settlement letter agreement to ensure the proper consumer’s account is credited when paid. Please note the purple arrow that shows the specific info that should be copied over to the creditor reference field. Do not include the consumer’s name in parenthesis, append the reference field with words like File # or Account#, etc. or shorten the reference number field. Failure to adhere to this process may delay or cause the payment file to fail and require manual intervention. Payments could possibly be lost and show as UNPAID.
Please, double-check the entries are correct before saving the settlement.
Settlement Payment Decisions:
It's important to note that moving forward, AVANTE USA settlements that are set up as Direct Pay will no longer be viewable on the Decisions Page.
Forth will be sending funds to creditors based on the process date for AVANTE USA settlements eliminating your daily task of approving each settlement payment. Furthermore, settlement payments will be paid only if the consumer has sufficient funds in their special purpose account. Any shortage in funds will result in the transaction remaining in Low Balance status until funds are available or advanced to the client.
What about low-balance accounts? How do I advance if the decisions page is gone?
To help you manage this, Forth has created reports that enable you to make advances to address these exceptions.
Uncollected Settlements - lists out all uncollected/unpaid settlements in pending, shipped, or low balance status. (Click here to learn more)
- Low Balance Forecast Report - list out all potential low balance accounts up to 2 weeks out. Features an advance button to facilitate on-the-fly account adjustments. (Click here to learn more)
At the beginning of each month, AVANTE USA will be sending out its own Uncollected Debt Payments report to you. It will STILL be your responsibility to review these reports and manage these missing or late payments directly with AVANTE USA.
If you have any questions about this process or need more information, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article Version History:
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