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The FALDP Docket --February 2021
April 18, 2021

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 11 Issue 4; April 2021

This is our monthly newsletter. We publish this for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends. Published monthly since May, 2010


Early Membership Renewal

Through April 30, early renewal of your FALDP membership is only $55. All members except those who joined after February 28, 2021 need to renew THIS cycle. We realize that our membership renewal cycle may seem a bit strange to some new members, especially if you joined in January or February of this year. But, if you joined in either of those months, you joined at a discount.

Members can put off membership renewal until July 31, but on August 1 your information will be removed from our roster and our site. The early renewal fee increases to $65. on May 1, and on June 1, the renewal fee increases to $75. And stays at $75 through July.

Members also have an option to renew their membership in one payment combined with the Conference Registration.

New Membership

Our Annual Membership Drive ended on February 28, and our membership fee is back to the regular amount - $104. But, new members who join in March onward will not need to renew until July 31, 2022 at the latest.

Please note, we now require completion of an Entrance Exam prior to submitting your application. This applies to new and returning members.

Take the Entrance Exam, and submit payment and your application on our premium-membership.html page.

Attention current members - this is NOT membership renewal. This is for new and returning members only. Returning members are former members, whose membership has lapsed for 30 days or more.

Annual Conference Registration is OPEN!

We just love it when a plan comes together! Attend if you can! Our conferences have helped launch new businesses; allowed members to create strategic alliances; and consistently brought our members together as colleagues and friends.

This year we are lucky to have three guest speakers to teach ... to enlighten ... to inspire. Go to our conference page - Annual-Conference2.html to register, see pricing, and read the agenda.

On our conference-info.html page, you can read our speaker's bios.

New members can combine their membership fee with the conference fee. And for new members who purchase a Turn Key Business Bundle - Turn-Key-Business.html or one of our Online-Course-Bundles.html by August 31, 2021 - the conference fee for Day 2 (9/18) of the conference is waived.

New Course - Preparing Child Support Documents

We have rolled out our latest course – Preparing Florida Child Support Documents. Tuition is $274. You do not need to be an FALDP member to take our courses. Register here Online-Courses.html,

Here is the course outline:
I. Overview:
In this training course, learn the information and methods that go into calculating child support, child support modification, and child support enforcement.
II. Scenarios
Read about real life scenarios and how child support affects people's lives. Conscientious attention and vigilance is the only way for two parents who are no longer a couple to financially support their children. 
III. Initiating Child Support
Most commonly child support is initiated at time of divorce. Sometimes when parents were never married one or the other parent initiates a Paternity Action and a child support order is put into place at that time. In other instances, a single mother requests assistance in initiating child support from the Department of Revenue.
IV. Child Support Payments
Child support should be calculated so that both parents financially support their children. This is the intent of public policy and the reason that Florida has put into place a formal process to calculate child support. Learn about the process, and how to calculate child support using the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.
V. Modification
You'll learn how and when parents can request a change in the child support amount they owe, or the amount paid to them in the child's behalf. 
VI. Child Support Enforcement
Pro se litigants are frequently unaware of the steps they can take to enforce child support payments. Document preparers can assist in the process by providing legal information, explaining procedure, and preparing documents.
VII. Forms:
The forms needed to prepare documents for child support calculation, modification, and enforcement are included in this course.


Everything you wanted to know about FALDP Certification - But were afraid to ask.

Saturday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Whether you are a long time member or recently joined, you shouldn't miss this Zoom Meeting. FALDP Certification is a simple way to increase your business credibility. One of the questions that you need to answer for a prospective customer, is - Why Should They Hire YOU? Your business credibility helps answer that question. Join Us. Invitations will go out to all members the week prior to the 24th. If you are a current member and do not receive an invitation, please contact us at See you there!

And check this page - training-webinars.html for updates. If you have a request or question about our webinars, call or email us. or 800-515-0496. See you there!

Advice V Info

STOP.When you know the answer, it's really hard NOT to answer the question. We get it. You want to help. Your customer asked, you want to answer. Be aware of what you may answer and what you may not. Procedural questions - sure, as long as you're not helping with procedure to strategize for or with your customer. Beware of answering any question that begins with "Should I...?"

Advice v info video

New Mark

Coming Soon!

As soon as we receive approval from the Florida Division of Corporations we will release this new logo to our members for your use. The idea is that this new logo is an alternative to our existing logo, which will be designated as our "Legacy Logo" and will continue to be available indefinitely. Either or both is meant for our members to use in their advertising, on social media, on their websites, on signage, on printed materials, etc. Technically, these images are called "Service Marks", but logo is a more common term, and seems to describe sufficiently.

We are very protective of our logo, and make regular searches for any document preparer, who is not a member of our association that uses it.

You can share our videos & articles!

We have a growing list of videos on our channel. They're all about different aspects of document preparation, branded with the FALDP logo and information. Members are invited to use our videos on their sites, online ads, or on social media. Depending on where you display, you can share from YouTube, by using the share link or embed code.

For example, on your own business FB page, you could share one of our divorce videos, and above it simply state that you are an FALDP member, and you prepare documents for divorce.

Check out our videos here - FALDP on YouTube

And, FALDP members are also invited to use content from our blog on their site and social media. Check out our searchable blog on Legal Sunshine Please remember to give proper attribution. Almost all blog articles were written by Ruth Tick, a few are guest posts. Excerpts are allowed, as some of the articles are very long. Be sure to state that this is an excerpt of ...

Spanish Parenting Course Now Available

The Spanish version of the Parenting Course, offered through our sister company, Horizon Research Network, LLC, has been approved by DCF. We received notification of its approval on October 9th, 2020.

Prices are the same as our English version. $29.99 and $14.99 for low income. Here's the link directly to the Spanish version - spanish parenting course The Spanish version is also displayed on our FALDP site, and can be accessed by going to 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. The cost is $29.99 and $14.99 for indigent. Here's the link directly to the - Parenting Course


Business presence in Florida - Members who are not physically in Florida are required to maintain a business presence in Florida. This means if you are physically located out of state, you must either form a Florida corporation or Florida LLC, or register as a foreign entity.

If you operate your business as an LLC, you should have already received a renewal notice from the Florida Division of Corporations. You must renew no later than May, or incur a penalty.

Make sure you've taken the Avoid UPL! course prior to renewal of your FALDP membership, and since August of 2020. Our renewal period began until April 1, we suggest that you complete the course now (if you haven't done so this year already), so that your membership renewal is not delayed for your failure to complete this course.

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
Email –

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