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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
May 15, 2013

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 4; Issue 5
May 2013


Members and Friends


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


Announcements


Time to Renew

All memberships renew on June 1. New members who join in April or May do not need to renew until June 1, 2014. We no longer offer Basic Membership -- there is now only one tier of membership. The membership fee is still only $65. Through June 30, we're offering a discount for new and renewing members who also want to attend our Fourth Annual Conference.

Only $99.00 for membership + conference OR $65 for membership

Through June 30, new members and renewing members can combine their conference registration fee with their membership fee for substantial savings. For only $99. new and renewing members can pay for their annual membership and reserve their space in our Fourth Annual Conference on September 21, 2013. This represents a $41.00 savings! The conference fee is $75. if paid by itself.

Membership or Renewal


New Members - Don't Forget the Gorilla

Online marketing and ad placement for your legal document preparation company or any other product or service that you offer.


The Gorilla Marketing Program for members to help kick start your business.

No contract required, Julian will post your ads on craigslist, ebay classifieds, pennysaver USA, inetgiant, and other online classified sites -- over and over throughout the month -- you pay only $50. per month for all these ads.

It works out to 120 ads per month for only $50.

For more information - contact Julian - 386-265-5338. Or just click on the Gorilla to learn more.


Legal DNA Testing

One of our members, Dawn Hahn, is now offering legal DNA testing. Family courts sometimes require legal DNA testing to prove or disprove paternity. The Motion for Scientific Testing in an action for Disestablishment of Paternity, for example usually refers to a legal paternity test. Ms. Hahn, in addition to being one of our member document preparers is also a nurse and a notary.

Contact:
Location Is Open by Appointment ONLY:

Express Document Prep
5650 Park Blvd. Suite 8
Pinellas Park, Florida 33781
(727) 537-0890


Upcoming Webinars

Business in the Digital Age - making your virtual model work. How to find customers, deliver documents, follow up, and create repeat business and a customer referral program. Some of us rarely see our customers, and have maximum flexibility built in to our businesses. This business model frees you to spend more time with family, to travel, and to pursue other business and educational goals. Webinar - Saturday, June 15 @ 11:00 a.m. EST. Members will receive an invitation in advance.

Pro Se Boot Camp - date to be announced. This webinar will be available to the public. People who want to learn more about the procedures to bring their cause to court. Special attention will be given to the rules of family court and small claims. More details coming soon.


We Recognize Charter Members



Legal Eagle Paralegals Nonlawyers, LLC

Owner and Principal, Mike Wappler, has been a member since the beginning. His business has grown and thrived, and continues to do so. Serving Brevard, Indian River, and Osceola Counties.

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Prestige Document Services

Trish Stevenson, also a charter member has many years of experience and certifications.  Her business continues to offer low cost and reliable document preparation services to Brevard, Orange, and Volusia Counties.

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U-File Documents

Owner, Judith LeGare, was our first member in the Florida panhandle; and continues to assist pro se litigants in Bay, Calhoun, and Gulf Counties.

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Florida Court Forms

Ken Diaz, owner of Florida Court Forms, is not only a charter member of FALDP, but one of the founders. Ruth & Ken had the same idea at the same time, and that's how FALDP was born.

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For the People of Florida

Besides being the Director of FALDP, Ruth Tick owns and operates For the People of Florida, a document preparation business serving the state of Florida virtually.

Thank you for being there from the beginning. We are nothing without our members and want to recognize your support. If you are a charter member and we did not include you in this list, please accept our apologies, and send us an email and we'll recognize you in the next issue.


Happy Birthday to FALDP! Winning Essay:

Why I love FALDP- My Divine Connection
Veleria Henry


I believe in divine connections, and I am confident FALDP is that for me after facing the greatest challenge I had to encounter in my life in 2011. After being employed with a small firm for a few years, I was told my employment status would become an independent contractor. This forced me to start my own business before I desired in order to keep income with the firm. Three months after that, I was informed the firm would be closing due to relocation out of state and letting me go with a month notice.

Life is full of unexpected circumstances and challenges that we embrace to survive. I began to pray to God for direction, how I could remain in the field and continue to get training courses, connect to others that share the same field of work, as well as expand so people would know about my company. One night I was working on my English class essay, which required me to write a closing argument, as if I was the lawyer for my client. I wanted to make sure I was accurate on the format so I begin to search the website inserting words (i.e. answer, closing argument, etc.)

In doing that, FALDP appeared and I opened the link. I became so interested in the information on the site and said “Oh my God, thank you so much”. My heart was filled with joy it had everything I wanted and was praying for. I stayed on the sight for a great deal of time distracted from my English paper. I was amazed the membership fee was affordable.

In a few weeks, I called FALDP spoke with Ms. Ruth Tick who enlightened me about the association, conference and membership. I shared that I was looking for an organization with ongoing training, conferences and referrals for the same type of work. In December of 2012, I purchased 2 courses and received 2 free with the associations special without being a member. I was so thankful to be able to experience the benefits FALDP offered. I told her I would be joining soon and telling others about the association.

January 2013, during FALDP membership drive my divine connection with FALDP was executed. I am excited about the opportunities that I have with FALDP and what we will bring to each other as we fulfill our life purposes. In this short time, I have found FALDP leaders to be respectful, understanding and willing to give assistance to the members.

FALDP was my confirmation that God was with me; He answered my prayers with this divine connection for me. This confirmed the scripture that I had been praying during this transition:

(Isaiah 48:17 KJV) Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

I love FALDP, my divine connection to this new season of my business career.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! FALDP!


Fourth Annual FALDP Conference


The date is set – September 21, 2013. The place is Cedar Key in the meeting room of the historic library. More details:

We have already announced our Fourth Annual FALDP Conference. And we will continue to add details as we go. It will be held on September 21, 2013 in lovely Cedar Key, Florida. Cedar Key in located on the Gulf Coast, at approximately the same latitude as Ocala. We are holding our meeting in the Historic Cedar Key Library Meeting Room. It is my understanding that the meeting room is upstairs and I don't know whether there is an elevator. If you have trouble with stairs; or need more information we can contact City Hall to find out. There is space for 80, attending members are invited to bring a guest at no additional charge. Hours are 9-5.

9:00 - Meet & Greet. Director, Ruth Tick will introduce the day, herself, and ask each member to introduce him or herself.
10:00 - Guided Discussion - We Are Changing the World.
11:00 - Guest Speaker - Paul Johnson "Nothing Happens until Somebody Sells Something"
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  • Entrepreneurship
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  • Growing your business
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  • Customer service
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  • Finding customers and keeping them
    - Sell is not a four letter word

  • 12:00 - Lunch - It's on us.
    1:00 - The Perils of UPL - and How to Avoid Them - Guided Discussion and Q&A
    2:00 - Guest Speaker - Todd Winninger - "Teach Your Customers How To Handle Themselves in Court"
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  • Courtroom procedure
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  • What to expect from the judge, attorney, bailiff, and court staff
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  • How to Present Facts and Evidence
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  • How to Persuade through Legal Argument
    3:00 - Doing Business in the Digital Age - Building a Better Website
    4:00 - End of the Day Prizes, Contests, and Giveaways
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  • Prizes - Who traveled the farthest? Who has attended the most conferences? And more ...
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  • FALDP Trivia - Questions like - When was FALDP founded? What is the name of our newsletter? How many online courses do we offer? Prizes for knowing the minutiae of our association!
    More information to come. Please look for updates on our site and in our monthly newsletter.


    ~~~~ MEET THE SPEAKERS ~~~


    Todd Winninger - "Teach Your Customers How To Handle Themselves in Court" - Todd Winninger has been a Floridian for 14 years, previously a Texan and grew up in Ohio. A pro-se litigant for 30 years, primarily to stand up for his rights, get a refund, make a point and have the last word. His cases involve negligence, breach, TCPA, slander and libel usually in County and sometimes in Circuit Court. He takes on attorneys, works with private investigators, navigates judge’s chambers and regulatory/licensing agencies.

    “I figure it out as I go,” says Winninger – “good research, good writing , a decent gene pool and persistence has worked for me.”
    When not in court, Winninger makes a living as a funeral director.

    Paul Johnson - "Nothing Happens Until Somebody Sells Something" Paul Johnson, a graduate of George Mason University, has worked in the pet care industry for 30 years. During that time he has learned how to educate practitioners in the best ways to serve their customers, and expand their businesses. It turns out these principles apply to any business, including legal document preparation. Johnson has expanded his own business activities to include public speaking and new business development.


    It IS Rocket Science

    Legal Sunshine - read more I like to say - only building a space ship is rocket science - I know that my statement isn't entirely true. Spaceships and rockets are completely different. My point, however, is the obvious one, that only certain things are so complicated they cannot be figured out by an intelligent and motivated layman. Rocket science being one of those too complicated for most of us to figure out.

    Unfortunately, all too often, another one of those things too complicated to figure out is our legal system ...


    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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