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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
June 15, 2014
Greetings.

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 04; Issue 6
June 2014


Members and Friends


This free newsletter is published every month for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends.


Announcements


Conference

Fifth Annual FALDP Conference ~ Members Only

Get Ready ...

The Fifth Annual FALDP Conference will be held this September 13 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the Fountain Beach Resort - DB. We hope to make this year's conference the best ever. And we can't do that without your participation. Please mark your calendars now. One of our members, Lou Sessa, is a board member at the resort, and has been kind enough to help us negotiate the venue and some great accommodation rates - only $49 per night ocean view or city view. We've confirmed one of guest speakers and we'll let you know soon regarding the second guest speaker. Prepare to be enlightened, informed, entertained, and inspired. More details to come.

Conference details are posted on our site as well. We expect to have plenty of space this year so that each attendee can bring a guest. So please bring a prospective member, your spouse, a friend, or a family member. If you can get away and come to Daytona Beach for a few days -- come on! September in Daytona Beach is off season. After Labor Day and before any events, and early enough to still be beach weather.


Conference Agenda


9:00 - Ruth Tick, Director - Introduce the Day; FALDP Mission;

Break 10:00 - Guest Speaker - Frank S. Adamo, author and motivational speaker - Business and Personal Goal Setting - followed by discussion 11:00 - Ruth Tick - Teaching Self-Empowerment - Unleashing the Warrior Within 12:00 - Lunch - provided by FALDP at no charge
1:00 - Ruth Tick - Guided Discussion
Serving the Under Served
Finding your Niche in the Marketplace
2:00 - Guest Speaker to be announced - We have contacted the Speakers' Bureau at the Seventh Judicial Circuit and hope to find someone within the court system for this slot. Possibly a family court judge, court clerk, or pro se administrator.
Break
3:00 - Ruth Tick - A Look Ahead - New Developments, Opportunities, and Courses
4:00 - Awards, Prizes and Giveaways

  • FALDP Trivia
  • Who traveled the farthest prize
  • Member of the year award


  • Conference Fee $75


    Amazing Summer Specials


    1. Conference fee and membership fee included with any three course bundle or greater. Mix and match the courses you want to take to maximize your savings. Tuition for the three course bundle is $459. with automatic savings on the price for each course. With this Amazing Summer Special - save even more. You save the $75. conference fee + the $75. membership fee and also save on the courses. And, no worries, if you are a current member who has already renewed, we'll refund the membership fee you already paid.

    2. We continue to waive the membership fee with purchase of any course bundle. This is a special, and is offered for a limited time only. Once the special expires, we will continue to offer the course bundles, but the membership fee will not be included. Now is the best time to purchase course bundles.


    Course Bundles


    We have rolled out our new course bundles, where you can realize savings. If you are interested in taking multiple FALDP online courses take a look:

    Any 2 - $299
    Any 3 - $459
    Any 4 - $559
    Any 5 - $699
    Any 6 - $779
    Any 7 - $909
    Any 8 - $959
    All 9 - $1035

    Even with the two course bundle and the two least expensive courses - Introduction to Preparing Florida Legal Documents ($129); and Living Trusts & Estate Planning ($129) - you save $24, because your membership fee is included. 129 + 129 + 65 = $323. But, for example, if you enroll in a three course bundle, and choose more expensive courses - Immigration ($249); Divorce ($220); and Post Conviction Doc Prep or Landlord/Tenant ($199) - you save $274.

    $249 + $220 + $199 + $65 [or $75 for new members] = $733 Value, but you only pay $459.

    Learn more about our Course Bundles and save. Remember Learn More = Earn More.


    Membership


    The Stars are Changing. All memberships renew June 1.

    All memberships renew June 1. Members may renew for $65. When you renew, a 2015 Renewal Star is placed on each of your listings in the Membership Directory, and your listing is moved up the page. Moving up the page may have a big impact on your listing being more easily found on our site. Many web users have a tendency to read the top of the page, and only look "above the fold".

    The annual fee for new members will be increased on June 1 to $75. New members who join in April or May will not need to renew until June 2015 - April and May are free.

    We are pleased to announce that we have a new associate, Ken Peterson, working with FALDP calling members with updates about specials and renewal reminders. He is a welcome addition to the FALDP Team.


    FALDP - Empowering the People


    When we initially founded the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers, we considered the role of our organization in educating Florida pro se litigants. And we also considered the role of each member document preparer as individual conduits to citizens' access to the legal system. And finally we considered that someday our association and legal document preparers might not be needed anymore. And that eventually citizens' may seize their own power, take command of their own affairs, with or without legal counsel; and pursue the justice they seek, or defend themselves from the injustice they face. And if it happens that there is no longer a need for legal document preparers, so be it. That would be a good thing, meaning average citizens will have gained ground in the battle for justice.

    I notice that more consumers are more aware of their legal rights and how to pursue their rights now than in 2010. More people have already found at least some of the forms they need; or have a clear idea of what course of action to pursue now than then. I would like to think that we are the reason for the change. But, I doubt we play more than a small part. The wonder of the internet provides information to all who seek it. Often, too much information. People often find our site as they search online for legal information, and then are pleased to find an organization with real people available, that can help them with document preparation and legal information.

    We are far from the point where people do not need document preparers anymore. And, there will likely always be a need. Instructions for the Florida pro se family law forms are written at a college level, while most Florida consumers read at the eighth or ninth grade level.


    Reminder ...


    Members Photo Gallery is a work in progress, linked below the google map on the Membership Directory. If your picture isn't there or if you have an updated photo, please send it. A passport style portrait is best, but we can crop if you need us to. Member's photos will be linked to the member's mini-page on our site.

    Don't forget to renew your virtual provider listing ... Virtual Providers is a new page on the left side navigation column. The informational page for virtual providers, (how to become a virtual provider) was receiving so much traffic, we thought we'd better make a separate page for consumers. The Virtual Provider designation is an upgrade to your membership, and only costs $30 per year. Your virtual provider listing appears in 66 of Florida's 67 counties. (We omit Miami-Dade.)


    Members Corner


    We have rebuilt our Members Corner page, and it is now ready for your content. It is password protected, password is members. The tab to reach the Members Corner page is on the right hand navigation bar under Document Preparers Resources. We realize that not all of our newsletter subscribers are members, but we invite document preparers who have not yet joined to participate also. We know some of you just aren't quite ready to jump in and start your own document preparation business. The purpose of the Members Corner page is for us to share information among ourselves, hence the password. If you need help with a project, research, expertise, etc., this is the place to ask another member. If you offering similar services to other members, likewise this is the place to let others know. If you're looking for extra work, or if you need help - don't suffer in silence, let others know. Please visit our new Members Corner page. Post your questions, share your thoughts, offer help, and ask others for the assistance you need. This is your page. The links are no follow the page is password protected - this is like the break room at work. It is not utterly and completely private, however the public is not invited.

    The password is members


    Membership Increase for New Members



    On June 1, 2014, annual membership for new members increased to $75. This change does not affect existing members at all. Earlier this month, we sent out email invoices to all of our members who did not renew early. We have not raised membership fees since we founded the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers in 2010 -- although our services, site traffic, and resources have increased substantially. Our site is now averaging over 500 hits per day!.


    Turn Key Business Bundles


    Can't find a job? Create one. America was founded by small business owners. Small businesses continue to dominate.

    We now offer three different Turn Key Business bundles. Any of them is still only $499. And each of them offers slightly different business tools.

    Turn Key Classic
    The Turn Key Class is our tried and true bundle of business services and products to help you get started in your own document preparation business. This business bundle is a great fit for document preparers with limited experience who need help with business basics, training, and a professional website.
    Turn Key Basic

    The Turn Key Basic Bundle is geared towards document preparers who have some document preparation experience as a paralegal or academic training. The Basic Bundle focuses on the business side of document preparation.
    Turn Key Pro

    The Turn Key Pro Business bundle helps you take your business to the next level. We include two courses so that document preparers can expand services and create new income streams.

    staff@faldp.org or 800-515-0496


    Ask the Members


    We invite members, document preparers, and friends to answer the questions posted on our "Ask the Members" page. Please answer the question in a way that might provide valuable information to whomever is looking for similar information. Include a source for your information, such as a case or statute. Make sure that your answers are more than one line. A paragraph of at least three sentences is good. And, members are invited to include their contact information and website. If you have answered questions that were never posted, it may be because your answer was too short or did not include a source for your information.

    Asked and Answered


    We are in the process of creating a series of Asked and Answered pages which organize the consumer questions and answers by topic. There are hundreds of questions which have been asked and answered in the past four years, and this is our attempt to make the information more accessible for consumers. Too much information or disorganized information is almost as bad as no information.

    Member's Announcements & Contributions


    We accept member's announcements and appreciate your contributions. If you have an announcement about your business, an expansion of services, moving your offices, or winning awards, please send us the information and we'll include it in our newsletter. Your announcement needs to be pertinent to your business, we are unable to include announcements about other trade associations, clubs or groups.

    If you would like to write an article, editorial, opinion piece, or web page please let us know. We are always in need of fresh information and insights.


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    FALDP Contact Information:
    Main number – (941)237-0951
    Toll free - (800)515-0496
    Email – staff@faldp.org

    PLEASE LINK YOUR SITE TO WWW.FALDP.ORG
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