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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
June 16, 2013

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 4; Issue 6
June 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


This special pricing [a $41.00 savings] will end June 30.
All memberships renew on June 1. New members who joined in April or May do not need to renew until June 1, 2014. The annual membership fee is still only $65. And 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


Webinars

Our June 15 Webinar, "Doing Business in the Digital Age - Preparing Legal Documents Online" was a huge success despite some minor technical difficulties. We discussed:

  • Advantages of a Virtual Business Model
  • Necessary Parts
  • Document Delivery
  • Customer Service
  • Bricks & Mortar/ Virtual Hybrid


  • For July we are planning another UPL Summit for which we invite document preparers around the country to compare notes on the unauthorized practice of law in other jurisdictions. We're also in the process of putting together our "Pro Se Boot Camp Webinar Series". These will be open to consumers and designed to empower them as they proceed through the court system. We need volunteers to help plan and implement these webinars. If you can help, please contact us.


    Designation Badges


    As you may have noticed we have developed several designation badges that appear on your Mini-Page. The badges coincide with the document preparation services you advertise -- Family Matters, Bankruptcy Help, Landlord/Tenant, Bankruptcy Help, Mediation, Estate Planning, Probate, Immigration, and Translation. These icons are placed on members' Mini-Pages and linked to a page listing document preparers who prepare each type of document. Members do not necessarily need to have completed one of our courses to display the designation badges. You simply must be proficient at preparing those legal documents. We are in the process of developing a few of the pages that we lack. If you offer services which are not represented by an icon on your Mini-Page, please let us know so that we can adjust your listing.

    New Member Handbook


    We have updated our Member Handbook to reflect current policies. Nothing substantial has changed, except that we no long offer Basic Membership. We will be adding new types of membership later this year, so for the time being, all memberships are Premium. The purpose of the Member Handbook is so that members can have member information all in one place, instead of having to look through several web pages to find information. The Member Handbook is on the Membership page, and you can also download it here:

    Member Handbook



    Virtual Providers



    You asked, and we're answering. Several members have asked about listing their services in additional counties. And many members already serve the entire state virtually. We are now offering an add-on to your membership so that you can list your services all over Florida. Florida has 67 counties; for only $30. over and above your membership you will be able to list your services throughout the state. We're in the process of working out the details and expect to have all of the pertinent information posted on our Membership Page and the Member's Corner.



    New Online Course - Immigration Document Preparation



    Now open for registration. This course includes fundamental information about the basic immigration scenario in which a U.S. Citizen sponsors a foreign spouse. The course includes USCIS forms; links to more resources; and a final exam. After completing the exam, students can request a Certificate of Completion.


    Fourth Annual FALDP Conference

    ~~~ Get Ready ~~~


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

    Get Ready - September 21, 2013 in lovely Cedar Key, Florida. Cedar Key is on the Gulf Coast, at approximately the same latitude as Ocala. We are holding our meeting in the Historic Cedar Key Library Meeting Room. 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
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  • 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.


    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

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