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Volunteer Lawyers Prepare Wills for Heroes


Norristown, PA - On Saturday, April 13th, twenty-two (22) area attorneys and over a dozen law students, paralegals, and non-attorney legal professionals donated their time
and services at the Montgomery Bar Association Building (100 W. Airy St., Norristown, PA) for a special Wills for Heroes event.  Wills for Heroes, supported locally by members of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA), 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, 90 notarized, legal documents were prepared for members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and other area first responders. 

Regional Wills for Heroes coordinator Lisa Shearman, Esq. had this to say about the day’s event: “through the efforts of the Montgomery Bar Association and MBA Young Lawyers Division, we were able to provide free estate plans to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and other local first responders who risk their lives every day to protect Montgomery County and other local communities.  All the attorneys, paralegals and other volunteers who came out on a beautiful Saturday to provide these free services embody the spirit of the Wills for Heroes program and pro bono service."

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 215-661-0400 or at lshearman@hrmml.com. 

                        
                          Pictured above: MBA volunteer attorneys prepared
                       over 90 notarized legal documents for employees of the
                  Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and area first responders.

                        
             Pictured above: MBA Young Lawyers Irina Volk Rabovetsky, Esq. and
              Colin O'Boyle, Esq. assist a recipient of the Wills for Heroes program.

About the Montgomery Bar Association...
Established in 1885 to professionalize the county’s practice of law, the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA) is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected bar associations, representing over 2,100 legal professionals in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Now, as then, the MBA exists to uphold legal and ethical standards in our legal community.  As the 3rd largest Bar in Pennsylvania, the MBA has a longstanding tradition of service to its membership and the community.   For members, the MBA offers an important arena for networking, professional development and education.  For the community, the MBA serves as a legal resource offering education, legal assistance and funds and resources for individuals and agencies in need.  The Association is actively engaged in public service through community outreach, free educational events offered throughout the year, programs like the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, the Mock Trial Competitions for high-school students, and more.  For more information on the Montgomery Bar Association, visit www.montgomerybar.org.