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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
July 16, 2011

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 2; Issue 7
July, 2011


Our year begins and ends on June 1. Please renew your membership if you have not already done so. Our membership fees have not changed – $65 for Premium Membership; and $40 for Basic Membership. The deadline for renewal was June 30. We realize some of you have been on vacation or out of town.

Grow your business with us.


WHEN: All day Saturday, September 24 – 10-5 WHERE: Hampton Inn, 881 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice, Florida 34292 PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Admission for the all day event is only $75. for Basic members; and will automatically upgrade Basic Membership to Premium Membership;


$50. Per Premium Member;

All Members are invited to bring along a guest at no extra charge.


$100. Non-members; Includes one year Basic Membership


More Educational Events and Opportunities


Advance registration is required, bandwidth is limited.

• No Charge for Premium Members
• Basic Members - $10.00*

Advance registration will be available on our site. Emails will be sent with your login information.


July 30 at 11:00 a.m EST – UPL SUMMIT A look at UPL laws in Florida and in other states. Join us. We expect a lively discussion.

Enrollment in our Webinars is free for Premium Members; and only $10. each for Basic Members. To participate in any of our Webinars, you must be an FALDP member.

Online Courses -- Coming Soon

An Introductory course for preparing family law documents in Florida, along with an online course to learn the ins and outs of preparing documents for Florida divorces are nearly ready for release.

These courses are designed for document preparers who are either new to the industry; or for document preparers who want to expand to other focus areas.

We are working on the instructional design for all of the family law courses. There will be a total of six courses available, beginning with these two.

More Online Courses:

Modification of Parenting Plan

Modification of Child Support

Stepparent Adoption; and Petition for Temporary Custody

Petition to Relocate with a Minor Child; and Petition to Disestablish Paternity

Sign our Online Petition

Florida citizens and consumers -- assert your right to legal access. We support every citizens' right to access your court system. As legal document preparers, we are here to help. Please sign your name to this petition, and let your voice be heard.


Ms. Romano is a busy and versatile member of our association. Besides preparing legal documents, such as dissolution of marriage petitions for pro se litigants, she also officiates at weddings, is a signing agent for real estate closings and transfers, and is an accountant. She told me that she got started as a legal document preparer when she decided to expand her business. She began her career as a notary and accountant, and added on legal document preparation to balance out her services.
I asked Ms. Romano what is the one thing she would like consumers to know about the court system. She told me that she would like people to be reassured that even though the process seems overwhelming, it is possible to work through. Even though she is prohibited from accompanying her customers to court, she tries to make sure they know she is available to answer questions about procedure and offer moral support.
A favorite part of her business, as a notary, is officiating at weddings. Ms. Romano offers an elopement ceremony for just $30. where a couple can come to her office and be married under the arch. She said that weddings are wonderful because they are so joyous, and it is great fun to see the different types of ceremonies and settings people choose.
In closing, I asked Ms. Romano if there was anything she would like to add. She graciously let me know that she appreciates being a part of this association, and told me that its nice to have colleagues.
Speaking for FALDP, I am happy to have Ms. Romano in our association.

Speaking for FALDP, I am happy to have Ms. Romano in our association. Please visit Ms. Romano online at:

Visit Debra Romano's site at Mobile Notary Orlando

This Member Spotlight section has been added as a regular feature of our newsletter.


We introduced our time and labor saving family law software series at the last webinar. The first portion of the software series is for preparation of the documents for dissolution of marriage. The software reduces the time needed to prepare these form packets -- tremendously.

Without the software it takes an hour or more to prepare the forms for a dissolution of marriage with no children and no property document package. Preparation of those forms using the software takes about ten minutes.

The software is simple to use, and is based on the same Supreme Court approved forms you've been using all along. As a legal document preparer (LDP) interviews a customer, blanks in a questionnaire are filled in.

Once the LDP collects all the information, he simply exports the data to a file, then imports the data to the forms package. Voila! All of the fields in all of the forms are filled instantly.

This software is available only to members of the Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers. Yet another edge over your competition.

The introductory price for all three software sets for dissolution of marriage...

• no children no property;
• with children; and
• with property now offered at our introductory price of only $149.

BUY NOW • The FALDP DOM Software Package. Don't delay, we're not sure how long this introductory price will last.

Some Things you Might not Know About FALDP

Premium Members can have their listing in three adjacent counties in the Member Directory. The counties do not need to be in the same judicial circuit, but must border the member's home county.

We are in our second year of operation. Our year begins and ends on June 1.

Members receive 50% rebates on purchase of FALDP ebooks and forms.

Our Second Annual Conference is set for September 24 – last year's was a huge success.

Two of the main reasons we formed FALDP were to promote professionalism; and to bring credibility to our industry.

We welcome your ideas, articles, and support. If you submit an article we will post it and link it to your site.

There is no charge to be the subject of “Member Spotlight” in this newsletter, the FALDP Docket. Members are picked more or less at random. We'll include everyone eventually.

FALDP Contact Information:
Main number – (941) 497-0951
Email –
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