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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
June 14, 2017
Members & Friends:

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 7 Issue 5; May 2017
May 2017


Members and Friends


This is our monthly newsletter. We publish this for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends.


Announcements


8th Annual FALDP Conference

September 16, 2017

Conference Registration

Registration for our 8th Annual Conference is open. Go to our Annual Conference Page to register. The conference fee by itself is $95. During June the conference fee plus membership is $150; during July the conference fee plus membership is $160; and during August/ September the conference fee plus membership is $170. So register early.

This year's conference theme is: What Can We Do? How can we serve consumers better? And how are we serving consumers now?

We invite attendees to bring along a guest at no additional fee. So bring a friend, a colleague, a staff member, a business partner, or prospective member. We may cancel this invitation to bring a guest as registrations come in, so register early.

We will again hold our conference at the Fountain Beach Resort in Daytona Beach. After you register for the conference, you'll receive a confirmation page that includes discount codes for accommodations. The Fountain Beach Resort is right on the beach, just south of the Daytona Beach pier. Discounted accommodations are $59 or $69 per night.

Conference Specials

We're offering two conference specials this year:

  • Flat Fee Course Bundle - includes your choice of any three FALDP courses, conference fee and membership - $499.
  • Turn Key Business Bundle Classic - includes document preparation for limited liability formation; a custom website; Intro to Preparing Florida Legal Documents, and FALDP online course; your choice of one additional FALDP online course; conference fee and membership fee - $499.


  • These specials are available through September 15, 2017.
    Go to our Turn Key page to register for our Turn Key Bundle Classic. And go to our course bundles page to register for our FLAT FEE Course Bundle.

    The Stars are Out

    Our early renewal with discounted membership fees ended on June 1. [But, if you're attending the conference, you'll still realize a discount if you register in June or July.] The membership fee has increased to $75 and remains at that rate throughout most of the year. All memberships must be renewed by July 31. If a member does not renew by that date, their information is removed from our member directories, and that former member will be required to remove our FALDP from all of their advertising.

    Community Care Fair ~ July 8

    FALDP has a table at the Community Care Fair in Orlando on July 8. We will be passing out literature and speaking with people about access to the legal system, our services, and exploring community needs. We need volunteers! Members - If you are able to spend the day helping we can certainly use your help. You can also promote your own business at the same time. For more information or to volunteer please call 800-515-0946 or email staff@faldp.org

    FALDP Foundation, Inc.

    We are pleased to announce the formation of a non-profit to run side by side with our association. We have two goals. The first is to assist indigent consumers and low income consumers with document preparation. We plan to refer the consumer to a member for document preparation; and pay the member to prepare the documents from foundation funds. Our second goal is to educate consumers about the legal system, their rights, civil process and procedure, and legal research through free or low cost online courses. Any member interested in volunteering or hosting a fund raiser, please contact us at 800-515-0496 or staff@faldp.org.

    New Member Directories

    We created additional member directories to help consumers find our members more easily, and to help our members increase their business income. We built More Member Directories The categories are:

  • Spanish Speaker Directory
  • Bankruptcy Petition Preparer Directory
  • Family Law Document Preparer Directory; and
  • Immigration Document Preparer Directory.

    (We may add additional directories in the future.) If you would like to be included in these additional member directories, forms to submit your information are linked to the Members Only page The Spanish Speaker Directory is displayed on the

    Spanish Help page. Bankruptcy Petition Preparers information will be displayed on the bankruptcy petition preparers page. The list of Bankruptcy Petition Preparers who appear on that page will be removed and replaced with the information from members who submit a form to be included. For some time we have maintained informal directories of various types, And, we feel that it is more fair to include members who submit their information. Family law document preparers information is listed on family law issues. We have removed the informal list and are including only those members who submit the form requesting to be included. The same is true for our immigration document preparers, whose information will appear on Immigration Inclusion in these directories is apart from and in addition to our main Member Directory. Inclusion in our main Member Directory and a Mini-Page is part of your membership. Members are entitled to listings in three counties, and the Premium Member logo is displayed in your home county. Our goal in creating these additional member directories is to help members gain more exposure, and to make it easier for consumers to find you.


    Ask the Members Forum

    We encourage members, document preparers, consumers, actually anyone who knows the answer to answer questions on our Ask FALDP pages. For a member document preparer's post to get past the monitor there are a few things to know. First, answer the question in a way that may help not only the person who posted the question, but also others who may have similar or related questions. We like answers to be around 200 - 400 words. Although we encourage all who answer our questions to include an authoritative source, we require our members to do so. An authoritative source could be a Florida Statute, a court case citation, a government website, an attorney's website, or various other types of sources. We sometimes accept news articles as authority. Member document preparers are encouraged to include a link to their website and contact information. Answers that do not answer the question and/ or do not include authority are discarded. So, if you wonder why your answer never appeared, consider what you may have left out.

    Members can also earn Continuing Education Units (CEU's) by answering questions on our Ask the Members forum. Three accepted answers equals one CEU. We are always behind on answering the questions on the Ask the Members forum and request people who know the answer to post it. Thanks!

    Virtual Providers

    The Virtual Provider designation is an upgrade to your membership. For just $30 annually your information and services can be displayed in 66 of the 67 Florida counties. We exclude Miami-Dade because of their local form requirement, and the difficulty in serving consumers virtually there. If your business model includes assisting consumers over the phone and over the internet, advertising your services as a virtual provider will expand your reach and increase your income. Become a Virtual Provider here. If you have not renewed your virtual provider status since May 2016, its past time to renew. Virtual provider status runs with membership, the time lines are the same. We will send invoices to Virtual Providers.
    VIRTUAL PROVIDER - ANNUAL FEE $30


    Member's Announcements & Contributions

    Have something to share?

    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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