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Pro Se Survey Measures Access to the Legal System
The Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers stands for access to the legal system -- and stands up for pro se litigants. Meaningful legal access is fundamental to maintaining a free society..
The Florida Association of Legal Document preparers, http://www.faldp.org founded in 2010 is dedicated to assisting Florida pro se litigants access their legal system. The association is primarily a trade group, that provides a center for training, networking, and support for Florida's *legal document preparers. In Florida, the title "legal document preparer" is used by nonlawyer practitioners who assist consumers in completing forms for filing in Florida courts.
FALDP offers members the opportunity for education and networking through its Annual Conference - http://www.faldp.org/
The following quote from Judge Mayfield's dissenting opinion in 1996 continues to apply:
"Lest the citizenry lose faith in the substance of the system and the procedures we use to administer it, we can ill afford to confront them with a government dominated by forms and mysterious rituals and then tell them they lose because they did not know how to play the game or should not have taken us at our word."
Moore v. Price, 914 S.W.2d 318, 323 (Ark. 1996),Mayfield, J., dissenting
*Members use the title "legal document preparer, because the Florida Bar prohibits legal document preparers from using the title "paralegal" unless working directly under the supervision of an attorney. Although some members also work for attorneys as contract paralegals, when offering services directly to consumers, they use the title - legal document preparer.