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The FALDP Docket -- September 2020
September 16, 2020

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 10 Issue 9; September 2020

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


Conference October 3, 2020

We've decided to host our 2020 Conference as a virtual conference due to the coronavirus.


  • 10:00 – Ruth Tick Introduce the Day – meet & greet.

  • 10:30 – Interviews with some of our long time members.

  • 11:00 – Internet Marketing

  • 12:00 – Break for lunch. However the conference will remain live so that attendees can communicate and ask questions.

  • 1:00 – Discuss FALDP Best Practices Guidelines.

  • 2:00 – Brainstorming session – How can FALDP better serve its members?

  • 3:00 – Watch Party on YouTube – "Bridging the Justice Gap"

  • 4:00 – Wrap Up
  • For the first time ever, and for obvious reasons, we'll host our 11th Annual Conference as an online event. Members - mark the date! And, if you're a document preparer and not yet a member, there's still time to join. 800-515-0496.

    We'll add more and more information as we get closer to the date. Be sure to check for updates in this monthly newsletter. And check our Annual Conference page to register. And go to our Conference Info Page to learn more. And watch our: 2020 Conference

    Conference attendees will receive a Conference Info Pack about a week prior to the conference via email. The info pack will include login information and other details. We are allowing video conferencing, so plan on it! Please take a moment to go to and make sure your device is compatible with anymeeting. If you use Chrome, there is nothing to download. Other browsers may require download. If you'll be joining on your phone, download the app.

    Membership Checklist

  • Download and save all files sent in your FALDP Welcome Package. _______________

    The files we send in the Welcome Package may not apply to you yet, if you're a new member. However, they are available so that you can refer to them when you're ready.

  • Submit your information for the Member Directory: _________________

    Consumers can find you by looking through the Member Directory. This is your easiest and least expensive advertising available. When consumers call in and ask FALDP for assistance we go to the Member Directory and match the consumer up with a member who can help. If your information isn't there – we don't know what type of documents you prepare. You won't receive any referrals from us.

  • Submit information and graphics for your Mini-Page: __________________

    Your Mini-Page is your page on our site. It is additional information about you and your business which is not on your listing in the Member Directory, and is linked to your listing on the Member Directory. You can submit information such as your business story; and why you're in this business. If you submit information that is identical to the information in your Member Directory listing we will ignore it. The information must be in addition to your Member Directory listing. Your Mini-Page also accepts graphics, like a picture of yourself, your logo, your business card, your awards, etc.

  • Complete the Avoid UPL! Course: ______________________

    Since we rolled out this course a few years ago, there haven't been any Florida Bar UPL investigations of FALDP members. Take the course, and take it again when you renew. It's good for you … like eating your peas. And for those maintaining or seeking FALDP Certification, this course is 2 CEUs each time you take it.

  • Join the FALDP private Facebook Group: __________________________

    Meet your colleagues in our private Facebook Group. Sometimes we post work there as well. Sometimes we have hard to place consumer requests, so we post them in the Facebook Group.

  • Submit form(s) for Special Directories if applicable: RON ________ Spanish ______

    Yet another way to put your name and business online. RON stands for Remote Online Notary. The Spanish Speaker's Directory is on the first of our Spanish pages.

  • Request your FALDP Video Logo: ___________________

  • You are authorized to use our FALDP logo in any of your advertising, print ads, etc as long as you are a member in good standing. If you plan to advertise in any print media including flyers, newspaper ads, business cards, etc. please use the static logo (not the video logo). Remember, the static logo is not appropriate for online advertising. If you will be advertising online, have a website, or a Facebook business page, please request your video logo by requesting it via email. Please include your business name and logo if you have one.

    FALDP Certification

    FALDP Certified Members - Most of our FALDP Certified members failed to provide us with any accounting of CEUs since August 1, 2019. For that reason, we now have very few FALDP Certified members. We are allowing members who were certified, but did not provide the CEU information to be reinstated at no charge, through September 30, 2020.To become reinstated, submit your CEUs through the Members Only area Members Only page Go to the FALDP Certification pages to find the form. After that date, you will need to pay the FALDP Certification fees to become certified once more.

    The only requirement to maintain FALDP Certification is to complete and submit 10 CEUs per year. We are extending this grace period this year only. Next year and thereafter, we do not plan to extend this grace period.

    Turn Key Bundle Update

    We now offer four Turn Key Bundles, starting at $699. All include membership and the Avoid UPL Course. Each of the bundles also includes up to three course choices and business products.

    Choose your best bundle. We're offering more options so that you get more of what you want. You can still purchase any of our services one at a time. Our bundles provide you a way to save. We'll be happy to help you calculate your savings, just give us a call at 800-515-0496, or explore this site to find all the information you'll need.

    Now through October 1, we're waiving the conference fee for all new purchases of any Turn Key Business Bundle. And, this also applies to an upgrade from a regular membership to a Turn Key Bundle, regardless of your date of joining.

    FALDP Webinar 9/12

    Great webinar! "Dealing with 'Challenging' Customers" We posted the hand-out and the webinar video in our private Facebook Group. Remember, we never record our webinars.

    Virtual Meeting Etiquette

    During a time like this, virtual meetings are a necessity. These can be agonizing if not done right.

    Online meetings come with peculiar liabilities. Basic etiquette can solve these.


    1. The Golden Rule: Treat your online meeting like a regular meeting. Arrange your day so that you can be present during the meeting. If it were not an online meeting, it would be in a meeting room with everyone there and participating. The fact that it is an online meeting does not make it okay to do the groceries while attending the meeting. Get comfortable in a chair at a desk. Have your coffee or water handy. Are you able to take notes? Use a device that makes it easy to see slides or other content. If you're not set up well, you could hold up the meeting by asking for data that is visible to all but you. A tablet or PC is usually good for viewing slides, but a smartphone isn't always.

    2. Avoid Background Noise - In line with the Golden Rule, set up for the call in a suitable meeting-like environment. If a face to face meeting cannot happen there, don't do an online meeting there. It is good etiquette to mute yourself if there is background noise coming from your environment. But the mute button hampers the natural flow of communication. A speaker can feel alone when others are too silent.

    3. Arrange a Good Internet Connection - Set up to avoid the "poor bandwidth" situation. If you are driving and are on your cellphone, your fellow meeting attendees will struggle to hear you . Why didn't you bother to arrange your day better? Had this been a regular meeting, would you be driving through a rain forest?

    4. Use a Good Headset - Avoid a headset that winds up under your nostrils making you sound like Darth Vader.

    5. Speak - This actually falls within the realm of etiquette. It is easier for everyone to engage in a real-life meeting. We need to show more effort during online meetings. As a starting point, if your software and bandwidth permit, use video as requested. This is the closest approximation to a real-life meeting. Visual elements enhance communication. Attendees will see your agreement before they hear it. This speeds things up.

    If your attire is not appropriate for camera, get changed. If a camera makes you uncomfortable, remember that people see you in real-life anyway.

    Sometimes, bandwidth, software or even number of attendees make video impractical. In the absence of visual perception, the only evidence of your presence is your voice. For these meetings to work, you have to speak. Not speaking is like arriving at a regular meeting and hiding under the table. You are there but you don't want anyone to notice.

    Find appropriate ways to use your voice to keep the flow of communication alive. Give acknowledgments, ask questions and offer quick comments. Use your voice more than you would do in a regular meeting. This shows that you are attentive and it keeps everyone engaged.

    Many people use text chat during online meetings. They seem more comfortable using this feature to speak. Alerts can become distracting, especially when people start asking questions by text. As much as you won't interrupt someone in real life, don't text chat while someone is speaking.

    It is best to use the text feature at the speaker's instruction. For example, a speaker might ask a question or run a quick poll and ask for your responses by text chat. Otherwise use your voice to keep the flow as natural as possible.

    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 ...

    FALDP Logo Display Guidelines

    When you request your video logo, please do so by sending us an email stating your areas of coverage: counties, all of Florida, etc; and your business name. And attach your logo if you have one.Email us at

    We are issuing Video Logos to members when they join or when they renew membership. The Video Logo is the only proper way to display the FALDP logo on your website, in social media, and in any online advertising.

    According to FALDP's logo display guidelines, members who have a website are required to display the FALDP logo on their site. The size should be large enough for people to read, something around 400 x 400 pixels. And remember to consider people who may view your site on their phone. Size matters. This video logo helps consumers verify FALDP membership, and also gives more explanation as to what FALDP is all about.


    We have been phasing this in for several months, beginning with new members, and now we're providing members with the FALDP Video logo upon membership renewal.

    We realize that not everyone has received their video logo yet. Please bear with us. Members may continue to use the static logo on their site, while waiting to receive their video logo. Once you have received your video logo - this is the ONLY WAY to properly display the FALDP logo on your site, in social media, and in any online advertising. And the static logo can always be used on print advertising, letterhead, business cards, etc.

    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

    Parenting Course Affiliate Opportunity

    Our Parenting Course Affiliate Program is here. All FALDP members who refer divorcing/ separating parents to our FALDP endorsed Parenting Course can participate. No need to sign up. Consumers pay $29.99 or $14.99 for low income and indigent. Referrers receive $3.00 for every full pay referral, and $1.50 for low income/ indigent referral. When consumers enroll in the course, have your customers enter your name as the referring party, and keep track of who you referred. Send us an invoice by the 10th of the month for all referrals in the previous month, and we'll send you your affiliate compensation. We can send payment through Google Pay or Paypal only. And, remember it is up to you to send us an invoice or request for payment. Simple?

    When your affiliate income reaches at least $15. we'll let you know, so that you can request payment.


    Business presence in Florida

    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.

    Mandatory Annual Course - Avoid UPL!

    Most members have completed this course by now. If you have not yet taken this course this year, please do so as soon as possible. Those of you who have never taken this course, will receive a letter soon, prompting you to do so. This is a Members Only course. If you did not purchase this course when you joined, you can register for it inside the Members Only area. Members who have not completed this course may be suspended. Suspension means that your information will be removed from the Member Directory and you'll be required to remove the FALDP logo from your advertising. Members are required to take this course every year. It is your responsibility to let us know you've completed the course by taking the quiz, completing the essay, and/ or submitting the exit survey. If you have any question as to whether you completed the course - contact us. This course was designed to protect our members from falling into the vast sea of nothingness and confusion, also called a UPL investigation.

    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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