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The stated purpose of the FALDP Foundation, Inc., which was formed as a Florida non-profit corporation, is: .Prepare routine legal documents for low income/indigent consumers; educate consumers about the legal system through written publications and online courses. Services and courses to be no cost, low cost, or offered on a sliding scale.
We are at the very beginning stages of building this system. Please bear with us as we roll out our features and offerings. In the coming days we will build a stand alone website dedicated solely to the FALDP Foundation, Inc., as it is an entity completely separate from FALDP, LLC.
Even though there is a a process to have court filing fees waived through the civil courts, many consumers also struggle to pay for any document preparation assistance. Our document preparation fees are low as it is. In many cases, document preparers fees are approximately 10% of what an attorney may charge for similar document preparation services. (Bearing in mind, that our services do not include legal advice or representation.)
As we raise funds and receive donations we will offer document preparation services to consumers who cannot afford document preparation fees and/ or court filing fees. FALDP members will be paid for these services through the FALDP Foundation to prepare the documents for these consumers who need our help. This way our members are not asked to waive document preparation fees, but will be paid. The consumer benefits and the document preparer still earns their fees.
FALDP members may refer a consumer to our FALDP Foundation for assistance. These fee waivers will be based on economic need, an Order of Civil Indigent Status may not be required. We believe that the courts are sometimes unfair and capricious in denying applicants indigent status. We have also learned that the legal aid societies turn away more people than they help. The very low income guidelines for almost all of the legal aid societies makes it so that almost anyone who has any sort of job ineligible for legal aid services.
We intend to create online courses for consumers to educate people about the legal system. These courses will include information about Florida courts, civil process and procedure, civil rights, and legal research. These courses along with the articles on our site serve to arm consumers with the knowledge that they need to navigate the court system.
FALDP member document preparers will be paid by the FALDP Foundation for their document preparation services done through this system. But, we need member document preparers to volunteer to host events. We're open to any fund-raising ideas that you have and are willing to work with you in developing these ideas, and help you find other volunteers to assist you.
For FALDP members seeking to maintain or obtain FALDP Certification, volunteering or hosting a fund-raiser is a perfect way to earn CEU's.
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Ideas are endless. We will hope our volunteers and sponsors brain storm ideas and put together a plan to get the word out.
Soon we'll provide a way for people to donate directly to the FALDP Foundation. We hope that consumers who have used document preparation services will open their hearts and wallets to help others who cannot afford our services.
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