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document preperation training

by Peter
(Citrus County)

I was told that FALDP has online document training courses. If this is so, where do I find this information to sign up and take the courses?

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Online Courses
by: Staff FALDP

Dear Peter,

We offer two courses right now, and will be launching a third course very soon. Now we have an "INTRO" course which explains the basics of legal document preparation in Florida. And we also have a "Divorce Document Prep Course". Both of these are explained further on the page titled - Online Courses. Soon - around the end of April - we will be offering our Chapter 7 Personal Bankruptcy course. Please feel free to call or email us with any questions.

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Document Preparation business

by Candace
(Tampa)

What does it take to start a document preparation business? I'm from Illinois and I was running a document preparation business there for years (we called it a paralegal business). I lost my job a couple of months ago, and was thinking I should start a business here. It might be just the thing to do in this economy. What do I need to do?

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Doc Prep Business
by: Staff

Dear Candace,
Please explore our site, we have resources for consumers and for legal document preparers. The Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers is a trade group composed of independent businesses. We are not affiliated with the government. At this time there is no formal governmental requirement to be certified as a "nonlawyer" or "legal document preparer". However, legal document preparers are officially recognized, in that there is a requirement that legal document preparers must include their name and contact information on each form which they prepare. We have academic and experience standards for membership in FALDP.

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finding a local legal document preparer profssional in my area

by Lisa Bishop
(Bartow florida )

I need help finding a local legal document preparer in my area to help me with preparing divorce papers. Polk County Florida

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Polk county
by: Sonya

Log on to faldp.com and go to the member directory. Once you go to member directory look for Polk County and find a doc preparer near you. I hope this helps.

Or I can help you over the phone and over the internet. Please call me at your convenience - (321) 300-8012, Sonya

Divorce Assistance
by: Gary Tinsley

I'm not in Polk County but I have helped a few clients in Polk County file for divorce. Like many of the FALDP members, I can get the information needed to prepare your documents by phone or email, prepare the documents and either email or mail them to you. This is a common practice. You get the documents you need without ever leaving home. You can contact me at 386-383-4595. Gary Tinsley

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Requirements to become a document preparer

by Victor Garay
(Tallahassee, Florida)

I am an out of state certified paralegal. What are the requirements to become a document preparer in the state of Florida?

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Becoming a Legal Document Preparer
by: Staff, FALDP

Dear Victor,

Our membership guidelines and requirements are posted on this site, on the page titled "FALDP Membership". There is even a Member Handbook on that page which you can download and keep on hand. The Member Handbook has all (or almost all) of the membership information compiled in one place. In general we have requirements to join our trade association, but there are no specific credentials or licenses required by the state of Florida.

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marriage to a US citizen - Document Preparation

Can you type the forms for the green card through marriage to a citizen and if so what do you charge for this?

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Sponsor a close relative
by: FALDP Staff

Many of our FALDP members prepare documents for immigration. The forms are all available on the USCIS site at www.uscis.gov. Please check the uscis site for the forms you need, and then look through our membership directory if you need additional assistance in filling them out.

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New formatting for court documents

Does anyone have any information about the new formatting for court documents? See SC14-721. Does it apply to all pleadings? Or only to official records?

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Correction
by: Staff FALDP

Date displayed on previous comment was corrected to: 1/5/15.

Palm Beach County and Martin County Update
by: Sheila - Fundamental Legal Services, LLC

As of 1/5/15, Palm Beach County Self Help Center is in the process of updating all Pro Se form packets to comply with the new formatting rule.

Martin County Pro Se Center is currently not requiring Pro Se forms to follow the new formatting.

This will only get interesting as many courts still are not aware of the new Rule.

Amendments to Document Formatting
by: staff@faldp.org

Legal Eagles,
You're exactly right. But, there remains some confusion. The order states that this formatting applies to official records - lis pendens, judgments, etc. However, the Clerk Alert sent out from the clerks of court in Palm Beach County states - all documents filed. And, the template provided displays - Plaintiff and Defendant - not Petitioner and Respondent. So does this or doesn't it apply to all documents???

In addition the order states that efiling is mandatory. As far as I know efiling is not yet mandatory for pro se litigants.

Please read this blog post:
http://f-a-l-d-p.blogspot.com/2014/12/new-document-formatting-required-in.html

Amendment to Rules of Administration
by: Legal Eagle Nonlawyers

It appears to apply and is effective today, your government Judicial system at work with great notice to everyone. It seems just that the Clerks who now must scan documents want them (the documents) uniform. Apparently, the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration were amended. They posted the notice before implementation and no one commented.

The more significant amendments are to subdivisions (b) (Type and Size)
and (d) (Recording Space) of the rule. In order to make it easier for clerks to scan
paper documents, subdivision (b) is amended, as proposed, to require paper
documents filed with the court to be legibly typewritten or printed, on only one
side of letter-sized white recycled paper with one-inch margins and consecutively
numbered pages. Subdivision (b) also is amended, as proposed, to clarify that all
documents electronically filed must be filed in a format capable of being electronically searched consistent with state and federal accessibility requirements.

Subdivision (d) (Recording Space) is amended, as proposed, to add a one-inch margin requirement and format, location, and font-size requirements for the date and time stamp on electronically filed documents.

Accordingly, we amend the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration as reflected in the appendix to this opinion. New language is indicated by underscoring; deletions are indicated by struck-through type. The amendments
shall become effective January 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m.

So you can go to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and see the amendments. It is interesting to note, that while Florida has it Rules of Court, many things that don't appear in the printed rules of court appear in the Rules of Judicial Administration, example, rules for requesting telephonic appearances at hearing, which forms we produce fairly regularly.

Happy New Years everyone from Legal Eagle Paralegal Nonlawyer's (document preparers)!~

Source: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2014/sc14-721.pdf



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