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The FALDP Docket --November 2021
February 15, 2022
The FALDP Docket
Volume 12 Issue 2; February 2022
Stay up to date, and in the know.This is our monthly newsletter. We publish this for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends. Published monthly since May, 2010
Annual Membership Drive
We are in the midst of our annual membership drive. Document preparers may join now for only $66.50. This discount is available through February. Keep in mind that all members (except those who join in March, April, or May) must renew membership this year, no later than July 31, 2022.
After our membership drive ends each year our membership fee increases to our regular price. Until now, the regular membership fee was $104. This year the regular membership fee increases to $166. The moral of the story is that if you've been thinking about joining - NOW'S THE TIME!
The aforementioned price increase applies to new members only. There will be a slight fee increase for membership renewal. We'll explain that in a future newsletter, closer to membership renewal time.Watch the video - Price change for FALDP Membership. to learn more about our upcoming changes.
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 March 8th. A different night and a later time, may make these meetings more convenient for more people. A few people suggested that these should have a specific topic, but I think not. Anyone can bring up (almost) anything and discuss it with colleagues. Whatever's on your mind from dealing with difficult customers to your favorite ways to wind down after a long week and everything in between. Please attend if you can.
The schedule for Saturday morning 11:00 am Training Meetings has been set. These are subject to change, and are not yet on the FALDP site. Invitations come out the preceding week and are also posted in the private Facebook Group.
Don't Forget to File your Annual Report
If you operate your business as an LLC, don't forget to file your annual report before May 1. After May 1, the fee jumps up to $400.
Feed your passion and grow your business
When you've made the commitment to stay with your business for the long haul, things become more clear. I hope no one told you that operating a business was easy, it's not. But, it can certainly be challenging, rewarding, and fun.
I'm all for burning the boats and the bridges. Leaving no choice, but to continue forward. Slow and steady or full throttle, isn't as important as the direction. But, you have to like it, you have to enjoy the work. If you don't enjoy running your own business, you have only yourself to blame. Because, after all, you're the one running it.
When you have eliminated all avenues of retreat by burning the boats and bridges, [figuratively, not literally, you have to be so careful these days.] you leave yourself no choice, but to solve the problem in front of you. Let your business grow and evolve like the living organism that it is. Let yourself have fun in the sandbox that is YOUR business. Don't let setbacks, problems, dilemmas, ruin your day, or worse yet, don't let those things ruin your business for you. Forward On! Gung Ho, let's go -- keep the love alive!
4 Reasons You Need to Network with Colleagues1. People do business with others they know and like. If you're always keeping yourself to yourself, never reaching out to help or ask for help, your colleagues won't know you and won't be able to decide whether they like you. 2. Most document preparers and FALDP members have more in common than they realize. Being in the same or similar business almost automatically means that you're alike in some ways. Refer to paragraph #1, people need to know you. 3. This association is more about collaboration than competition. There is plenty of work to go around. You should never feel threatened by another member's success. Rather get to know your colleagues so you can observe firsthand how they're succeeding. 4. Imagine you received a request for document preparation from a long time customer for some type of documents that you do not prepare. Wouldn't you rather refer your long time customer to another member that you know and trust, than send your long time customer to someone you don't know, or provide them with no help at all?
Member Directory Overhaul
Now when you click on "Find Help" on the FALDP site navigation you'll arrive on a page that gives you a choice of directory. You can either choose the County Member Directory which we have always had available. Or you can choose the All Member Directory. The latter is brief information and includes all members. (It is not completely finished, so maybe not "all" yet.) Check it out. Also, it's very easy to search by using the "Find" button in your browser. The idea is to make the directory easier for consumers to use and to find our members.
The information that members provide for the county directory will stay the same. Please check your listing to make sure all is correct. Any changes or updates should be made through the Members Only area, just like you initially submitted your directory information initially. Please don't send an email requesting a change or update on a member listing. These requests can easily get lost in our email, and your change won't be made.
Please note: We will no longer add member information to the County Member Directory for those members who have neglected to do so. However, we will add your brief information to the All Member Directory. We base the information to display on the information you gave us in your Membership Application.
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 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.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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