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The Advocate is headquartered in Orange County, FL, and publishes both display and legal advertising in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.  For your convenience, we accept all major debit and credit cards.

Questions you may have about the law governing legal notices.

Fictitious Names

Fictitious Name Publishing and Fictitious Name Registering are NOT the Same

The State registers.  Newspapers publish.    Fictitious Business Names (DBAs) must be registered with the Florida Secretary of State.  But before you can register, you have to publish. When you sign the registration application you must file with the state, you are certifying that you have already published the name of your DBA in a newspaper such as ours.  It is a second degree misdemeanor (s. 775.082 or s. 775.083) to certify but not publish, so don’t say you did if you didn’t.  The state charges $50 to register your DBA.  We charge $45 to publish it.  Click here to see the statute.

Why Choose Us to Publish Your Fictitious Name Notice?

The State has already decided that you must, so the only choice you have is “WHERE?”

  • Our process is fully automated.  You fill out a brief form, pay for your ad– all online, and you’re done.  Everything else is on us.
  • Our process is simple.   After you pay, you’ll get an email acknowledging receipt of your payment and your DBA information, and explaining when your Notice will be published (we publish on Fridays).  You get a chance at this stage to correct any information.  On the publication date, our Affidavit of Publication certifying that you have complied with the Fictitious Name Statute will hit your email inbox before 9:00 AM.
  • Turnaround time?  We do have cut-off times, so depending on when you send us your information you might miss the next available publication date.  The good news is that there’s always another Friday.  So how does 3 – 10 business days sound?
  • And oh, that payment thing.   How about $35.00?   ‘Nuf said!

So, these are the reasons you choose The Advocate.   Plus, we’ve been doing this since 1993.  We’re experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to giving you the best possible customer experience.  Check our website for the many pleased customers who have entrusted their legal advertising to us.  Relax, and welcome aboard!  You’re in good hands with The Advocate.

Click here to publish your Notice of Intent to Register Fictitious Name

Dissolution of Marriage

We would be happy to assist you in the handling of your legal notice.  The information provided below explains our process.

First, we publish weekly, on Fridays.  The Clerk of the Court assigned you a “return date” (see the “YOU ARE NOTIFIED” paragraph of your document), which is the date your spouse must respond to your petition.  That date allows us enough time to run your ad for 4 consecutive weeks. You cannot take any action until after the Return Date.

Second, once we receive your notice, we will advise you of the start date AND YOU WILL NOT HEAR FROM US AGAIN UNTIL the 4 weeks are up.  This is how we keep our legal advertising rates so low.  Talking to you on the phone, emailing or texting you, sending you copies of the newspaper– these things will increase the cost of our service to as much as double the amount. After the 4th run, we will prepare an Affidavit of Publication, signed by us, certifying that your ad ran for the required 4 weeks.   Our process is automatic process.  You will not have to call.  You will receive the Affidavit on the last day your notice runs.

Third, your legal notice costs $160. If you pay online through Paypal you will pay only $110.  If you prefer to pay by check, send it to:

Orlando Advocate
4700 Millenia Blvd.
Suite 175
Orlando FL 32839

We will not send you an Affidavit of Publication if your account is unpaid.

Finally, for an additional $25, we can file your affidavit directly into your court file for you, and send you a receipt from the Clerk of the Court showing that it has been filed. If you would otherwise have to take time off from work to go down to the courthouse, this might be a timesaving option you want to consider.

Click here to publish your Notice of Action in Dissolution of Marriage in Orange County

Click here to publish your Notice of Action in Dissolution of Marriage in Osceola County

Click here to publish your Notice of Action in Dissolution of Marriage in Seminole County

Other Legal Notices

Our process is the same for every other legal notice.  Name Change,  Notice to Creditors, Modification of Custody, etc., all cost $50 per run.

With The Advocate you don’t just get what you pay for. . . . You get more!

So sit back and relax.  We’ve been doing this for over 30 years.

You’re in good hands

If you have questions, or for more information: Email us at, or send a text message to 407.770.4861, and we’ll help you get things underway. We look forward to working with you.


Why are Americans fighting over no-fault divorce? Maybe they can’t agree what marriage is for.