How do I know when to use a Debit or a Credit?

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Double Entry Bookkeeping requires that all transactions be recorded in 2 accounts.
Some of your activities in CARET Legal can be done without choosing a debit or a credit. For example, creating a new trust retainer will automatically debit the Trust Account and credit the Trust Liability Account. Creating a hard cost will credit the Operating Account and debit the Account it is assigned to.
There will be times where you need to manually create these transactions through Journal Entries.
Debits and credits either increase or decrease the balance of the account. Here is how they will be applied:

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