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The FALDP Docket -- August 2022
August 16, 2022

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 12 Issue 8; August 2022

Stay up to date, and in the know. We publish this for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends. Published monthly since May, 2010


Can you believe it?! This will be our thirteenth. Wow. And, yes, we're back in Daytona Beach at our favorite little resort, the

Fountain Beach Resort .

If you are passionate about your business, about helping consumers, and about the future of our industry, we need you at this conference. We need fresh ideas, analytical minds, and collective energy.

Our conference will be 9-5 on Saturday September 10th in the conference room. As always, this is a members only conference, but there's still time to join our association. join and learn about membership details on our premium-membership.html page.

The fee for the all day conference is $105. And accommodations at the Fountain Beach Resort for conference attendees is $79. per night.

This year we're planning a workshop format. The results can be amazing when a lot of people have the opportunity to work together and interact.

"It's not enough to be nice in life ... sometimes you must accept the risks, and embrace the future. anonymous

When we can work together on a solution to legal access, help for pro se litigants, and educating the public about their rights, we help ourselves by defining exactly our role in the legal system.

Also, during the run up to the conference, the conference fee is waived with purchase of one of our Turn Key Business. Membership is always included in all of our Turn Key Bundles. Learn more here - Conference Fee Waived - 2022

New members can submit payment for membership and the conference together. Here - Conference-Registration.html Remember, this is a member's only conference. Do not submit payment as a member for $105, if you haven't joined yet.


The baby step is one of the strongest tools you can use to achieve your goals. Baby steps come from breaking your larger goal into smaller and smaller elements, which you then achieve one by one. When all feels lost, when you're overwhelmed, when the mountain seems too high, baby steps can keep you moving toward your goal. And when we learn to work together as one, we will be unstoppable.

Baby Steps is the theme for this year's conference. We want each attendee to be involved in identifying goals or problems with FALDP, and then developing the [baby] steps to implement that change or reach that goal. I hope you're up for a challenge

About 10 days before the conference we will send out Conference Info Packs to all who registered for the conference. Besides the usual driving directions and agenda, we plan to include an assignment for each attendee. The assignment will be to brainstorm and then research a specific issue. We'll assign the issue. Then when you get to the conference, we'll discuss and expand on what you found out. Don't worry it'll be fun!

The POWER of Education

One of the slogans you may have noticed on our site is: LEARN MORE = EARN MORE. I believe this 100% and love learning new things. It's a wonderful thing to learn new information and then apply that information to increase your business income. It feels good to realize that your future is in your hands.

We offer 15 different document preparation courses. Sixteen if you count the Avoid UPL! Course which is available ONLY to FALDP members. It's encouraging to know that if you learn the procedures and information for a new type of document preparation – you can immediately offer that service. I'm not saying that you'll know everything about the documents or procedure right out the gate, but our courses will provide you with the foundation to get started and then a platform to learn more.

We expect course takers and members in general to persevere in pursuing more and more knowledge about the documents they prepare. We cannot possibly teach everything there is to know on any subject. Neither can a university. I graduated from UCF with an MS, fully realizing how much more there was to learn. Besides reading cases, and casebooks, and scouring the internet, you are lucky to have a network of colleagues able and willing to answer your questions. Granted, some members know more than others, and some are, by nature, just generally more helpful. But, there are plenty of people to ask – SO ASK!



Our Renewal Period is Over

We value each of our members, and are always sad to see someone drop out of our association. We realize that, for some, the security of a 9-5 job overtakes the challenge of building a new business. Others may have found that this business just isn't a good fit, or maybe it's not the right time, or a thousand other reasons .... but, if you dropped out because we did something wrong -- please let us know.

In general, members whose membership lapsed while their membership was in good standing, can simply rejoin. If, you didn't mean to drop out, but something happened, some kind of extenuating circumstance arose. Let us know, maybe we can help

Zoom Meetings

Our Zoom Training Meetings are the last Saturday morning of each month at 11:00 a.m. EST. The next one will be August 27, and the topic will be "Taking Your Business to the Next Level".

After Hours Zoom Meetings have been moved to the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. That means that the next After Hours Meeting will be on September 13th. These are becoming more and more popular. There has been lots of interesting interaction, ideas, and conversation.

Payment Systems

If you have experienced frustration with your payment aggregator type system (Stripe, Square, PayPal, etc.) such as poor customer service, unnecessary holds, try something new. Contact Joshua Henderson at 904-872-5591 or First Coast Merchant Services .

I have two PayPal accounts. I rarely use either. One thing my merchant account with TSYS can't do, or possibly I just don't know how, is to create invoices. So, as some members might remember, I sent out Paypal invoices for membership renewal to make it easier for our members. And then a day later I turned around and canceled all of the invoices.

In case you may have thought I'd finally lost my mind, there was a reason for that. The reason was one of PayPal's random rules. They suddenly decided that I could only transfer $11.00 from paypal to my business bank account every 30 days. Seriously. Just another reason I try NOT to use paypal or any other payment aggregator. Take it from me, get yourself a real merchant account.

Spanish & English Parenting Course

Did you know that FALDP members can receive $3.00 for each referral to either version of the Parenting Course?

Prices are: $29.99 and $14.99 for low income. Here's the link directly to the Spanish version - spanish parenting course And here it is for the English version Parenting Course

Parental Education and Family Stabilization Course is mandatory for all divorcing couples who have children; and all people seeking a paternity action.

Don't have a site yet? Try Monarch Web Strategies

Horizon Research Network is one of our associated sites which includes our design services. We build business websites for FALDP members for only $500, which includes your domain name and first month's hosting. And, have you seen our whiteboard videos online? We can create a custom whiteboard video to promote your business. Once built its yours to use in any of your advertising or promotions. Contact us for a custom quote.

FALDP Private Facebook Group

About one third of our membership has joined the FALDP private Facebook group. We created it to make it easier to interact with each other. So far, people have given work referrals to one another; asked questions to the group; received help in locating a form; and discussed various issues. If you're working toward FALDP Certification, you earn one CEU just by joining the group. So, what are you waiting for? Look for the private group after going to the official FALDP Facebook page at FALDP,LLC on Facebook.

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.

FALDP Contact Information:
Main number – (941)237-0951
Toll free - (800)515-0496
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