Perhaps you've heard of Wills for Heroes. It is a pro bono program of the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association under which local volunteer attorneys donate their time and knowledge to help provide free essential estate planning and health care planning documents to first responders including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians and their spouses at no cost.
Having volunteered at a number of Wills for Heroes legal clinics across North Carolina, I can vouch for its effectiveness and the sense of reward it brings to the volunteer attorneys. Some of the finest lawyers I know I have met through Wills for Heroes clinics (and Project Grace clinics, a sister program of the Young Lawyers Division).
I have been attempting for years to arrange a Wills for Heroes event in my home town of New Bern, and it will finally be held on February 23, 2013 thanks to the generosity of Craven Community College and the efforts of several individuals, including particularly Jillian Brevorka and Kristen Kirby.
If you are a North Carolina licensed attorney and would like to volunteer, please register here. (You need not practice in the area of estate planning to participate. Training will be provided and estate planning attorneys will be on site to address any issues that arise.)
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