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Broward County - need help.

by Lee
(Seminole County)

Who can help me in Broward County, Florida with legal document preparation? I'm trying to figure out how to do this supplemental petition for child custody, and I can't get it right. My ex lives with my son in Ft. Lauderdale, I live in Altamonte.

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Supplemental Petition
by: Staff FALDP

Dear Lee,
Our document preparers are here to help. Some of our members operate completely virtual businesses; others have store fronts; and others are mobile and will come right to your home or workplace. We know how difficult it is for many people to understand and complete the forms for family law. We also recognize that for many people the necessity for completing those forms comes at a time when their lives are in turmoil. Please check through our "Member Directory" and our "Meet the Members" page.

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Legalese

by Karen
(Hernando County)

I was attempting to read a contract the other day and I couldn't begin to understand it.  Someone told me that's because it is written in legalese.  Can you explain to me what legalese is and why they don't just use regular English?

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Legalese as a Foreign Language
by: Lorna

Dear Karen,
Sometimes there is a reason they use the wording they do on contracts and such. Sometimes the wording is shorthand for a larger idea that believe it or not, can be expressed more efficiently in those words that seem to make no sense at all. But, when regular people have to be able to understand the wording, the use of the "legalese" doesn't communicate the meaning. The following is a link to a page that promotes eradicating legalese:

http://www2.law.ucla.edu/volokh/legalese.htm

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Where can I get help with understanding these documents?

I bought the divorce packet at the courthouse, and I can't make heads or tails of it. Do I seriously need all these forms???? Where can I get help with legal documents? Is that what this site does?

Thanks in advance.

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All these forms.
by: FALDP Staff

Hi there,
That's why we're here. There's no way to know whether you need all those forms or not until more is known about your situation. I don't even know what exact forms you're dealing with. Some of the forms in the packet very likely just do not apply to your situation, and are included, just in case you need them. For example, sometimes, once in a while, an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness is necessary, but it is included in many of the packets and never used. That particular form is used when the petitioner cannot prove that he/she is a Florida resident, and needs someone else to attest to it.

Also, the Notice of Related Cases is not always used, but it might be needed. In some circuits, that form can be ignored if there are no related cases. In other circuits that form must be filed, even if there aren't any related cases.

Our document preparers are here to help. Contact the member who responded in the previous comment, or browse our Member Directory.

I can assist you with the preparation of these documents
by: Anonymous

My info is


Carlos Frontela
Legal Support Services, LLC
3140 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 116
Tampa, FL 33609

813-728-1310

www.thelegaldocuments.com



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Turnaround time

How long does it take to get items returned from the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers?

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Turnaround time
by: FALDP Staff

Hi there,
Since you titled your question "turnaround time" you must be asking how long does it take us to prepare legal documents. If you use the document preparation service on this site, we send your completed documents to you within one week. If you use one of our members, the turnaround times vary. If you ordered a book or forms and did not receive them, please contact us. Our paperback books come from www.lulu.com and are printed on demand, delivery times are posted on that site. The forms on our site are instant downloads, but sometimes a customer's pop up blockers prevent the link from appearing. Again, contact us directly if that is your issue. We're here to help.

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Why do they use legalese? - Understanding Legal Information

DEAR FALDP,
I'm not trying to be smart or sarcastic, I really want to know. Why do they use legalese? Why do they use wording that is so hard to understand? Is there a reason, besides they don't want us to understand what we're signing? I guess "they" is lawyers, and everybody else that expects me to sign things I can't understand. And "us" is the general public.

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Good post
by: Athena Wehner

I see that you are a professional in this niche. I really love your site. Thank you!

Why use legalese?
by: Anonymous

"Legalese" like English is a cannibalized language, a language that is characterized by borrowing vocabulary from different languages. Languages can’t avoid the use of borrowed terminology just as normal English itself still continues to borrow from other languages. For example, in normal English there is even Swahili terminology that has been brought into everyday English words like Safari, Mwalimu and Mzee,these terms are now found in the Oxford Dictionary. Some terms which seem like legalese are borrowed from other languages like French. For example --Attorney General, Solicitor General.

There is a reason, sort of.
by: Staff, FALDP

There is a reason, or at least an argument, supporting the use of "legalese". The idea is that first of all, contracts and other legal writings are meant for attorneys, and not for the general public. Attorneys understand the Latin phrases and complex (convoluted) sentences.

Secondly, the argument goes that some of the so called "boiler plate" language is verbal shorthand for expansive legal concepts. Attorneys know that each single phrase has been interpreted in a certain way.

The problem with that reasoning and the arguments in favor of legalese is that consumers frequently must read, sign, and be bound by contracts in their everyday lives. Car loan, rental agreement, lease, cell phone contract, mortgage, employment contract, TV contract, HOA rules and bylaws, internet contract, and on and on. On top of that there are laws, rules, and ordinances that must be followed -- also sometimes written in arcane language.

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