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The FALDP Docket --November 2021
January 16, 2022
The FALDP Docket
Volume 12 Issue 1; January 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 or April) must renew membership this year, no later than July 31, 2022.
Zoom MeetingsWe haven't finished working out the topics of our Saturday training meetings yet. However, the first one of 2022 will be on Saturday January 29th @ 11:00 am. The topic will be "Making the Most of Your Membership" Due to an influx of new members and ongoing updates on our site, we try to keep members abreast of all of the resources and benefits we offer.
Certificates of Membership
Updated certificates of membership were sent out to members in August. Newer members may not have received a Certificate, please request one if you like. We generally issue these upon membership renewal. We send them via email from email@example.com. If you are maintaining or seeking FALDP Certification, you can earn one CEU simply by displaying your certificate on social media, and sending us a screen shot.
Carve Out Your Niche
A common question from new members is what types of documents should they focus on. I always answer the same way. First, do whatever types of documents that you're drawn to. It makes no sense to focus on a certain type of documents if you're not drawn to them. For example, I personally don't prepare documents for estate planning, but I recognize that there is a big demand. I just don't do them, because I think people procrastinate in having their will and associated documents prepared. And then, at the last minute everything is a rush. That doesn't sound fun to me.
But many other members focus almost exclusively on estate planning documents. And thrive.
I always suggest that people offer family law documents, that is, if they are at all drawn to family law. My reasoning is twofold. First, family law documents are Florida Supreme Court approved documents. This means that document preparers may intake the information orally, making it an easier process than requiring your customer to fill out a formal questionnaire. And, second, the demand for family law documents never ends. I often say, "everyone has a family and families never run out of problems." I mean this to be true, and am not being cynical.
Find a few things you like, documents that you enjoy and focus on those. Later on, you can always add on more services, but if you try to do too much too soon, you can easily become overwhelmed.
FALDP 2022 GOALS
Members did you make a business goal list for 2022? If so, please share in our private FB group.
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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