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The FALDP Docket --October 2021
October 19, 2021

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 11 Issue 10; October 2021

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


We have yet to complete the configuration for videos of Judge Blackburn and Trish Giaccone. Both of whom managed to completely avoid the camera, but we have great audio. We're now in the process of over writing the video portion ... you'll see. As it is now, the video portions are the blank wall.

Following are links to the videos we have edited: Defy Gravity - video 2021 conference Elevator Pitches


Immigration Document Preparation

Saturday, October 30th at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Invitations will go out to all members by Wednesday 10/27. I hope that some of our very experienced immigration document preparers attend. Although I have a good understanding of immigration, I may not be familiar with some of the less common or more intricate rules. You can help. We will be talking about the rules about UPL for immigration document preparers. 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!

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 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.

Member Directory Overhaul

(Still In Progress, but LIVE and coming along!)

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.

Most Frequently Missed Question

Far and away, the most frequently missed question on our FALDP Entrance Exam asks whether probate is required if someone dies with a will. Many people choose – yes, if someone has a will no probate is required. This is absolutely wrong, not true.

A Last Will & Testament gives the court instructions on the wishes of the decedent. A Last Will & Testament states who gets what. The items (assets of the estate) are identified in the petition to the court. And, the ensuing order (Letters of Administration) memorializes and orders who gets what. The presence of a will never means that probate (the court process) to divide the assets is not required.

The lack of a will does not necessarily have dire consequences. An estate with no will, called an "intestate" must follow the probate rules as to who inherits and who doesn't. Frequently, the outcome is the same whether there was a will or not.

The most common and effective way to avoid probate altogether is to create a living trust. This will be the subject of another article, or learn more on our site here - Revocable-Living-Trust.html

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.

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

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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