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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
January 02, 2015
Members & Friends:

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Special Edition 2015
January 2015

Members and Friends

This free newsletter is published every month for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends.We occasionally publish a Special Edition such as this one.


Happy 2015!

We're expecting 2015 to be the best year ever. Our phones have been ringing and email boxes full with consumer requests for document assistance. Most years it takes a few weeks after the holidays for people to get back on track and pursuing their legal goals. But, this year, it looks like people are super motivated to get things done.

Thank you for your continuing participation. And wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Annual Membership Drive

Each January we hold a membership drive. New members and former members can join for only $37.50. And this year, new or former members who join during our membership drive will also receive our newest online course - Building a Better Business - for FREE. We know that not all of our subscribers have joined yet, what are you waiting for? Now is the best time to join.

New Members Only Courses

Our Members Only Courses can each be purchased as stand alone courses. Building a Better Business is free for new members, but existing members can enroll in the course for only $45. Its full of resources, strategies, and ideas to help you, well ..., build a better business. Our second members only course, Sales Secrets for Document Preparers, is free with your first purchase of five or more third party family law leads. Or you can purchase the course as a stand alone course for only $85. Document preparers are typically extremely knowledgeable about the forms themselves, and court procedures; but may need some extra training in sales. That's why we're offering this course.

Supreme Court Order - new formatting

I posted the following on the FALDP blog - Legal Sunshine SC14-721 The following Clerk Alert was sent out by the Palm Beach Clerks to the legal community to let people know about changes that will soon take effect. At the moment it is not entirely clear whether all counties will be strictly adhering to this order. I called the Pro Se Help Desk in Sarasota County and the representative was not aware of new formatting requirements, even after he conferred with his supervisor. However, my associate in Palm Beach County who first brought this to my attention was told by the clerk's office that in Palm Beach County the new formatting requirements apply to all documents filed in that circuit. 

This has potential to be a huge ongoing mess. The Supreme Court published new family law forms [Financial Affidavits and Petition for Simplified Dissolution] which are also effective on 1/1/15, but they are not formatted according to the new requirements. So which is it?

The following links may explain more thoroughly the reasons for my questions: Clerk Alert from Palm Beach Clerks of Court New formatting template - SC14-721 Supreme Court Order SC14-721

Ambassadors Conference Call

A Conference Call for FALDP Ambassadors is scheduled for Friday 1/9/15 @ 3:30 pm. EST. Invitations to Ambassadors have already been sent out. I am hoping that Ambassadors will check with their local clerks to find out how the various circuits intend to address the new formatting guidelines. If you would like to be included in this conference call, please email us at to request an invitation. We will be scheduling a members webinar later in January to further discuss this information.

New Forms

Both family law financial affidavits - the long and the short - have been updated as of 1/1/15. In addition, there is an updated form for the Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. The financial affidavit forms within our online courses, and in our forms packets have been updated.

Eight Reasons to Join FALDP Now

1. Take advantage of our annual membership drive - pay only $37.50 to join during January.

2. New members receive our brand new members only course for FREE during January. ($45. Value). Building a Better Business

3. Increase your business credibility by displaying our logo on your site.

4. Increase your income potential by taking our online courses. Learn more = Earn more.

5. Advertise your services in our Membership Directory.

6. Let the world know about your business on your own page on our site.

7. Participate in our free online webinars which include topics like: The Virtual Business Model; Best Practices; and Avoiding UPL.

8. Attend our annual members only conference.

Learn more: 800-515-0496 or visit

Member's Announcements & Contributions

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.

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