Volunteer Lawyers Prepare Wills for Heroes
NORRISTOWN, PA (April, 1, 2011) On Saturday, March 26th, 33 area attorneys and over a dozen non-attorney legal professionals donated their time and services at the Human Service Center in Norristown, PA (1430 DeKalb St.) for a special Wills for Heroes event. Wills for Heroes, supported locally by members of the Montgomery and Bucks County Bar Associations, is part of an innovative statewide pro bono effort led by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section) and national effort led by the American Bar Association. The program provides Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives to first responders so that their families will be protected in the event of a tragedy. At the conclusion of their one-hour appointments in Norristown, 60 notarized, legal documents were prepared for members of the Norristown Police Department, local firefighters and other area first responders.
According to Michael F. Rogers, Esq, a Blue Bell attorney and officer of the Montgomery Bar Association, “It is truly a great program. It's not “one size fits all" - the program makes the effort to assure that the documents provided to each person are appropriate for that person's circumstances.”
Regional Wills for Heroes coordinator Lisa Shearman, Esq. adds “The site was perfect. We had the help of Officer Robert Langdon, Officer Brian Saxon, Fire Chief Thomas O’Donnell and our very own Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes, Esq. on- hand to run the event.”
Information about upcoming Pennsylvania Wills for Heroes events can be found at the PBA website: http://www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp or at the Wills for Heroes website: www.willsforheroes.org. Anyone interested in volunteering for upcoming events in Pennsylvania should contact Lisa Shearman, Esq. at 215-576-1730 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.