I'm currently unable to link a Contact with a Person Account as the lookup filter of the "Account Name" displays only the Business Accounts!?! And if I leave the Account Name field empty, the Contact becomes "Private" and I'm unable to link it via the "Related Accounts" list... Seems silly in fact so thanks already for your answers. Regards Jean-Luc

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    Have you enabled Person account in your org? If it is done, contact and account gets merged by default. Does it have the record type enabled?
    – Thamilhan
    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:10

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This is by design. Any Account that is a Person Account exists as a row in both Account and Contact. The only Contact that is allowed to have a Person Account as its AccountId is the one that represents the same record.

However if you have Contacts to Multiple Accounts enabled in your org, I believe you can add an Account Contact Relationship between a Person Account and some other contact.

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    Thank you very much! Finally I decided to have a two record types for the person account one for a “person” and one for a “household” and with the Contacts to Multiple Accounts enabled I am able to manage the relationships between a person and a household. What I am looking now is to have reciprocal relationships in the Contact to Multiple Accounts to define the relationships between persons like parent/child or husband/wife. In fact what the NPSP package of Salesforce.org implement ideally. If you have some expertise or ideas about reciprocal relationships you are welcome. Feb 15, 2018 at 14:48
  • To be sure, making households into another record type of Person Accounts is not ideal. These should be non Person Accounts. I have no further suggestions though because I've never seen a non messy Salesforce implementation of complex interpersonal relationships.
    – Charles T
    Feb 15, 2018 at 15:00
  • If you see the NPSP package of Salesforce.org you’ll it’s straightforward. Feb 15, 2018 at 17:22
  • What is NPSP package?
    – compski
    Apr 26, 2023 at 6:49

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