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The FALDP Docket -- January 2023
January 17, 2023

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 13 Issue 1; January 2023

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

FALDP Membership Drive thru 2/28

Our annual membership drive began on January 1, and continues through February. During that time period new and lapsed members can join for only $97.50. Members who join during this time are entitled to the same benefits as those who paid full price enjoy. All members renew no later than July 31. Visit us online to learn more about FALDP membership - membership.html You'll be glad you did!

Divorce Season

Over the years, we have observed that at the start of each year requests for divorce document preparation increases. Chalk it up to New Years' resolutions or the aftermath of stressful holidays. Either way, document preparers can expect to prepare divorce documents. We created a video to highlight this phenomenon - The Honeymoon is Over

Intensive Training Series

Divorce Document Preparation

You asked, we answered. Many conference attendees requested more in depth training for preparing divorce documents. And said, that even though they had taken the online course, face to face instruction would be much easier to process and apply to real life situations.

For that reason we created our first Intensive Training Series for preparing Florida divorce documents. We ran a successful pilot program and will be offering the Intensive Training Series monthly beginning February 7, 2023. The day to day schedule is on the site.

LEARN MORE: Intensive-Training-for-Florida-DocPrep.html

Only $179!

Starting a business is not any one single thing or event. For many it is a labor of love, a lifelong dream in action. Thousands of moving parts working together to create a business, an organic entity built on dreams and tears. Sometimes exhilarating, sometimes frightening.

The thrill when something you create works. A sale went through, a customer gives praise, you reach a goal, you surpass a benchmark, and the realization that you own your time. You find out that the buck stops at you. You learn either hard or easy that running a business, especially a startup, is a lot of work … but oh so worth it.

We try to support our members in every way that we can. We offer online courses, most of which are subject matter courses. A few of our courses focus on building a business and sales. This course – FALDP Quick Start Guide – is not meant to replace any of our courses, but to enhance. We know that you want to see the cash flow back to you as quickly as possible and have created this Quick Start Guide to get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Member Spotlight

Taneesha Thomas

This week's Member in the Spotlight is Ms. Taneesha Thomas of Pro Se Solutions, Inc. Taneesha joined FALDP in July 2022. At that time, her business was brand new, and due to her advance planning and strong foundation, has been growing at a steady pace. Although Taneesha has no formal legal education or law firm experience, her real world knowledge and work ethic more than make up for it.

After working for 18 years in contract compliance, Taneesha was drawn to the legal document preparation business as a way to use her knowledge and help consumers at the same time. In her advance business planning, she discovered that she really needed a network of like minded colleagues to connect with. So she found us (FALDP) and followed us for months before joining.

One question we asked:
What is the one thing that you want to tell someone else who is just getting started?

Don't overthink. This is what your network is for. You have people with years and years of experience to draw from. Someone will know the answer to whatever you're ruminating about, so seek out a network. Also, don't be intimidated, just because you don't have years and years of experience or formal academic training, does not mean this business is beyond your reach. I, personally, am grateful that I don't have to read case law or try to interpret the rulings. I prepare documents.

Zoom Meetings

The Zoom scheduled for the last Saturday of this month (1/28 @ 11:00 am EST) is "Making the Most of Your Membership". We offer this topic about once a year, and its valuable even if you've attended one before. We include updates about our newest courses and resources.

Our After Hours Zooms are still being held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm EST. You can look ahead at the upcoming topics for our Saturday Zooms here - Training-webinars.html We email invitations in advance of each Zoom Webinar to all members. We also post the invitation inside our private Facebook Group. After our meetings we post information related to the meeting inside the Members Only area.

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 $150 - set up; and $100. per page; and 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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