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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
July 16, 2018

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 8 Issue 7; July 2018

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


Announcements


2018 Fall Conference

Yes! We're having a second conference in 2018 ~ October 13 in Cedar Key, Florida at the Cedar Key Community Center. Please check the site for updates. So far we know that our theme is:

BUILDING BRIDGES & BREAKING BARRIERS



We're in the process of confirming speakers, we'll let you know more when we know more. The $95 conference fee will remain the same as previous conferences. Cedar Key is a small tourist/ fishing village on Florida's gulf coast. There are a variety of reasonably priced accommodations, ranging from less than $100 per night on up. Some are cottages that allow pets.

We're switching up our conference format for the 2018 Fall Conference. Instead of having multiple guest speakers, we're going for a more collaborative approach. Attendees will be assigned small groups to brain storm specific issues related to our conference theme - Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers to Legal Access.

We assembled a panel of long time members who have been the subject of a Florida Bar investigation and lived to tell the tale. They have agreed to tell you their stories and answer questions about UPL and their investigations. We recognize that these investigations are an impediment to our businesses and a consumer barrier to legal access.

We'll have an assortment of prizes, giveaways and contests. Plan on participating in our civics question and answer game - Are you Smarter than a 7th Grader? We'll give away a Road Warrior Prize; have a business card drawing; and other activities to wrap up the day.

Expect lively interaction, a chance to meet your colleagues, and take away information that will benefit your business.

To learn more and register go to our Conference Page. Through July 31, the fee for the all day conference is $95. Pay the $95 fee if you are already a member and have already renewed your membership during the 2018 cycle. The last day to renew membership alone is July 31. The conference fee plus new membership or membership renewal is $150. New members please don't forget to submit a Membership Application form.The discounted new membership fee ($55) is combined with the conference registration, but we need the Membership Application for our records.

Also visit our Conference Info Page to learn more about the conference and registration. See you there!

Conference Registration is OPEN!


July Amazing Specials

1. Turn Key Special - During the run up (July 1 through October 12) to the FALDP FALL Conference, the conference fee will be waived with the purchase of a Turn Key Business Bundle.. This is an additional $95. savings. FALDP Membership is always included with the purchase of either of our Turn Key Bundles.

2.Course/ Conference Special Choose any three online courses and pay only $499. And during the run up (July 1 through October 12) the FALDP FALL Conference the conference fee will be waived with the purchase of a Flat Fee Course Bundle. This is an additional $95 savings.

3. BOGO Course SpecialFor the month of July, we're offering an online course special - *Buy One - Get the Second Course at Half Price. We'll continue to donate 5% of the purchase price of the first online course to the FALDP Foundation, Inc.

4. Conference/ Membership Special For the month of July, we're offering an online course special - *Buy One - Get the Second Course at Half Price. We'll continue to donate 5% of the purchase price of the first online course to the FALDP Foundation, Inc


Membership Renewal

The last day to renew your membership is July 31. On August 1, those that have not renewed will be removed from the membership roster and from our site. The "Avoid UPL!" course is mandatory for all members. We allow members to separately submit renewal payment for membership and the Avoid UPL! course.

Mandatory Course - Avoid UPL!

We are getting very positive feedback about this course, both for the content AND for making the course a membership requirement. We designed this course to inform document preparers about the specific rules and case law surrounding the unauthorized practice of law. Some of the rules are counter-intuitive and many people would never dream that certain things are prohibited. Members need to take the course before the renewal period ends on July 31. Please don't put us in the position of suspending your membership because you have not taken this course. Cost is $29. Course registration is inside the Members Only pages.

We'll be sending out invoices to all members who have not yet signed up for the Avoid UPL! Course. Keep your membership in good standing, take the Avoid UPL! Course today!


A - Z Docs in progress

We're constantly upgrading our site so that our members are easily found. Right now we're working on an "A - Z Docs" Directory. Consumers who need a certain type of document can click on the letter, and they'll arrive at a page with a list of document preparers who prepare just that type of document. For example - B for Bankruptcy; D for Divorce, etc. The types of documents listed are taken directly from the listings on the Membership Directory by County, and will appear in the alphabetical directory even if that specific type of document only appears once anywhere on the site.

Business name and contact information for document preparers who advertise the type of document in their county listings will appear under the heading for each type of document. For those of you who are members in good standing, but have not listed what types of documents you prepare - all I can say is you're leaving money on the table.

For reasons we don't understand, some members do not upload any information for their membership listing. For members who fail to upload their information, we eventually add minimal information for that member to the Member Directory. Unless you add your own information, you will not be included in this A - Z Docs directory. And, you are not receiving work referrals through our site. To add your information to the Member Directory, go to the Members Only area. If you have lost your password, please contact us at staff@faldp.org or 800-515-049i6.


FALDP Foundation, Inc.

We're making progress! The Foundation funded our very first indigent consumer a few weeks ago. Member Patricia Garbo of Documents Assist updated the customer's divorce docs and provided notary services. Visit our Foundation page to learn more. And donate any amount that you are able. We offer a free T-Shirt for any donation over $10.

FREE T-Shirt with donation of at least $10, mailing costs included for orders within Florida. And, during the entire month of June, FALDP is donating 5% of all of our online course fees, course bundles, and Turn Key Business bundles to the FALDP Foundation, Inc. Help someone else, by investing in yourself. During July 5% of course fees will be donated to the FALDP Foundation, Inc.

Please sign and share!

FALDP published a petition asking the Florida Bar to do the following:

1. Investigate UPL when there is consumer harm. Not when there is "potential" harm.

2. If the Florida Bar demands that we follow their rules, make those rules clear, and set out in a fashion in which document preparers can easily find and refer to the rules.

3. Lighten up on the investigation of document preparers altogether. We feel we are being bullied and harassed by an entity that does not supervise us. The Florida Bar is authorized to investigate UPL, but putting document preparers out of business is counter productive all around.

4. Give us some recognition for what we do. We are part of the solution to the ongoing justice gap. Until consumers are being served fully, there is no need for us to be perceived as a threat to lawyers.

The petition would not embed in this newsletter, here is the link to the change .org petition Every signature counts. We now have over 250 signatures. Please keep signing and sharing. Here are some of the comments:

"Many people need help in the courts and cannot afford a huge retainer fee just to get any kind of justice."

"Stop beating on the little people in the business,

"Because most lawyers are greedy money hungry feet dragging blood sucking judgemental holier than thou wankers..
"Attorneys are very expensive and there are many things that can be handled by an individual if they have the right forms."


Certification Reminder

Don't forget. To earn and maintain your FALDP Certification you need to complete at least 10 CEU's per year. CEU's can be earned in a variety of ways:

  • Complete FALDP online courses;
  • Comment on FALDP videos;
  • Post on FALDP Facebook page;
  • Attend the Annual FALDP Conference;
  • Attend conferences and seminars related to our industry;
  • Answering questions on our "Ask the Members" forum;
  • Assist FALDP by translating web pages, answering the 800#, spotting errors on our site;
  • Designing and creating a fund raiser for the FALDP Foundation, Inc.
  • Other activities that you suggest




  • Virtual Providers

    We posted a video within the Members Only about becoming a Virtual Provider. The Virtual Provider designation is an upgrade to your membership. For just $30 annually your information and services can be displayed in 66 of the 67 Florida counties. We exclude Miami-Dade because of their local form requirement, and the difficulty in serving consumers virtually there. If your business model includes assisting consumers over the phone and over the internet, advertising your services as a virtual provider will expand your reach and increase your income. Become a Virtual Provider here. If you have not renewed your virtual provider status since June 2017, its time to renew. Virtual provider status runs with membership, the time lines are the same. We will send invoices to current Virtual Providers in June.
    VIRTUAL PROVIDER - ANNUAL FEE $30


    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.


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