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ECBA Seeks Volunteers for 2019 Wills for Heroes Event

Posted on September 16th, 2019 at 2:34 PM
ECBA Seeks Volunteers for 2019 Wills for Heroes Event

Saturday, October 12 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Will J. Schaaf & Mary B. Schaaf Education Center
429 W. 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507

Wills for Heroes (WFH) is a national program that was created after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to provide free basic estate planning documents (a basic will, power of attorney, and living will) to military veterans and first responders such as police, fire, and emergency medical personnel.

We are requesting that attorneys from the ECBA donate their time to meet with WFH registrants to prepare their basic estate planning documents. It takes about an hour to complete the estate planning documents for each participant. First responders and veterans are not eligible to participate in this event if their estate exceeds $750,000.

Volunteer Attorney Training Options

Please note that you do not need to be an expert or practice primarily in the estates and trusts area to volunteer. There will be training sessions on Tuesday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, October 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Will J. Schaaf and Mary B. Schaaf Education Center for volunteers to learn the simple software that is used specifically for Wills for Heroes. Attorneys who have never participated before should attend one of the sessions.

The first 30 minutes of the training will be to provide basic info on wills, POAs, and other documents being offered. If an attorney does practice in this area and doesn’t need info on these basics, s/he can arrive 30 minutes into the training to receive only the software training or refresher information. 

Please indicate which session you plan on attending. Coffee/muffins or lunch will be provided free of charge.

Notary and paralegal assistance will be provided at the event to assist the volunteer attorneys. We are also encouraging the notaries and estate paralegals employed in your firms to volunteer for this event as well. Please pass this announcement on to them or forward their contact information on to me so that a member of the Wills for Heroes committee can speak with them about this event.