Why not spend your time doing what you were trained
to do – practicing law – instead of checking grammar and spelling.
That’s what FLPA2 allows you to do. It
automates the preparation of your family law documents and pleadings so
you don’t waste time on non-legal issues. If you use word processing
templates or old documents to create new ones, there's always a risk.
Who hasn’t called their client in to sign a document or taken a document
to Court for filing and noticed the word “children” when the parties
have only one child, or the wife being referred to as “he?” Ouch! We
hate when that happens! And it won’t with FLPA2.
One way FLPA2 helps to
eliminate mistakes is by providing worksheets for basic information.
That information is automatically transferred to the various family law
documents you create: Petition for Dissolution, Separation Agreement,
Judgment Entry. As a result, you only need to get it right one time.
You’ll never worry about introducing errors the third or fourth time you
type something like the parties’ names, the case number, or the many
other pieces of information that repeat from one document to the next
during the course of a case.
FLPA2 lets you to set
global defaults that populate the 30+ available documents. So, for
example, if you always include certain provisions in your separation
agreements, you can create a default file that includes your custom
language. You can even create more than one "default" file, i.e., one
for each county in which you practice. These “seed” files are powerful
tools; and if that's not enough customization, you can also modify the
FLPA2 templates so that your personalized
provisions can be made permanent instead of requiring insertion on a
document-by-document basis. By modifying the FLPA2
template, the desired provisions become part of FLPA2.
One drawback of using old documents to create new
ones, or using your word processor's find/replace function to create new
documents from old ones is that changes related to gender and number can
be difficult to track. It's pretty easy to end up with embarrassing,
typographical errors like the ones we mentioned earlier - referring to
the husband as "she," or referring to "children" when the parties have
only one child. As time goes by, proofreading these law-office-familiar
documents becomes increasingly difficult as constant and repeated
exposure makes errors harder to spot.
Another drawback relates to global variables—that is,
information that remains constant from one document to the next in the
same case (for example, the case number, the parties' names and
addresses, and a host of other items). Even with excellent word
processing templates and unerring proofreading skills, by the time you
get to the end of the case, you're got a collection of separate
documents that contain much of the same information that has been
retyped again and again. With FLPA2, from the
initial complaint or petition to the final judgment entry, all your
documents are part of the same file and are created from the same set of
worksheet data. Therefore, your documents are less prone to mistakes and
are quicker to draft.
For instance, FLPA2 handles
these issues by having you make one-time selections as to the gender of
the parties and then FLPA2 consistently
changes all the nouns, pronouns, verbs and adjectives to agree with your
selections. Other basic information is handled the same way. Global
variables are administered globally.
In other words, once you enter the parties' names and
case number in the worksheet, the information populates all the forms
and pleadings automatically. Formatting and typing captions will be a
thing of the past. You enter repetitive information once! When it's
correct the first time, you save time. No more brainless grammatical
errors in an otherwise perfect document.
The faster you can generate perfect documents, the
more you save in case preparation time and staff time. That's why we
give you the added ability to (1) set global defaults via our
DEFAULT.FL2 file and (2) modify the program templates to customize
documents for your specific uses. So, if you have certain, personalized,
provisions in a particular document, you could alter our Separation
Agreement template to include your specific language—permanently.
In addition to completing all the documents
listed below, FLPA2 produces sets of blank
worksheets that can be given to clients for completion.
FLPA2 is able to extract
information from Ohio Spousal Support Calculator (MA)
so you only need to enter data one time and both programs can use
it. It's no exaggeration to say that with the client worksheets and
our 3-pack of family law programs (FLPA2, MA & WROCSG),
you'll be preparing for the final hearing in the initial interview.
FLPA2 can extract child
support amounts from Revised Ohio Child Support
Guidelines (WROCSG). It doesn't stop there, however,
because FLPA2 can also create and seed a
child support file, leaving very little to do but review and print
the child support worksheet. WROCSG is
required to utilize this feature.
FLPA2 is a trial
preparation tool that can organize and print marital assets, marital
debts, income information, living expenses, and more.
FLPA2 works seamlessly
with any Windows word processor capable of opening RTF files,
including Microsoft's Word for Windows and Corel's
FLPA2 works in all
64- and 32-bit Windows systems (Windows 7, Vista, XP,
2000 and 98SE) and is available in network
The whole point of FLPA2 is
to produce better documents faster and present them to you in
your own word processor. That makes it especially user-friendly to law
offices. Why law offices? Because regardless of computer skill level,
they are always expert word processors! And why not? Documents are a law
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