Deceased options not working when constituent is marked as deceased for marital status or soft records

When viewing a constituent record for a spouse after a constituent has been marked as Deceased, users may notice that some updates on the new constituent record may not update, such as Marital status field or Soft credits on gifts, are not added based on selections made in Config>Business Rules>Deceased options.
This is resolved in Raiser's Edge 7.96, patch 11, released in May - June 2018 and applied to databases in Blackbaud Hosting Services. If your database is installed locally, download and install the latest version and patch, if applicable. For more information on patch 11, see What is in patch 11 for The Raiser's Edge 7.96?

Previous workaround: 

Marking Make the deceased constituent an Honor/Memorial​ and Create a Tribute for the deceased​ checkboxes along with any other desired deceased options selections resolves this behavior. To do this, when marking Deceased:
  1. Click Config>Business Rules>Constituent options>Deceased options 
  2. Mark the Make the deceased constituent an Honor/Memorial and Create a Tribute for the deceased checkboxes along with any other desired deceased options you'd like to select
  3. Open the constituent record you wish to mark as deceased
  4. Mark the Deceased? checkbox
  5. Click Save
  6. Navigate to the Honor/Memorial tab of the deceased constituent's record
  7. Click on the undesired tribute record
  8. Click Delete
  9. Click Yes to the prompt
  10. Unmark the Constituent is an honor/memorial checkbox
  11. Click Save and Close
  12. Repeat steps 3-11 for each constituent record you wish to mark as deceased 

Steps to Duplicate

  1. Click Config>Business Rules>Constituent Options>Deceased Options
  2. Mark the Change Marital Status of the Spouse checkbox and/or the Soft credit spouse for all gifts given by the deceased checkbox
  3. Select Widowed from the Change Martial status to [value] if spouse is female option.
  4. Select Widowed from the Change Martial status to [value] if spouse is male option.
  5. Click Records>Constituents, and search to open any Constituent's record that has a non-constituent spouse and a gift record.
  6. Click the Spouse button on the Bio 1 tab
  7. Click the General 2 tab
  8. Select a gender from the Gender drop-down
  9. Click Save and Close
  10. On the Bio 1 tab of the constituent record, mark the Deceased? checkbox. 
  11. Click Save and Close the constituent's record.
  12. Open the Spouse's constituent record. Note that the Marital status field on the Bio 1 tab is blank, but there is a gender populated
  13. On the spouse's constituent record, click the Spouse button; notice you are prompted to create a new relationship
  14. On the spouse's constituent record, click the Relationships tab; notice there is no spouse relationship retained, but a red checkmark appears on the Relationships tab
  15. Click the Gifts tab; notice there are no soft credited gifts from the deceased constituent
  16. Repeat steps 1-15 again except this time, during steps 2-4, be sure to mark the Make the deceased constituent an Honor/Memorial​ and Create a Tribute for the deceased​ checkboxes
  17. Notice the deceased options now correctly function

Environment

 Raiser's Edge
 7.95
 7.96
 11

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