Last year following Asheville Police Department Senior Police Officer Rob Bingaman’s death, the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge contacted me and expressed an interest in conducting an event that would offer free estate planning documents for local law enforcement and other first responders in honor of Officer Bingaman. After spending almost 7 years as a local law enforcement officer, I know the importance of this event, and am passionate about having local attorneys come together to offer their services to our first responders.
The NCBA YLD will be holding a Wills for Heroes event in Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (the last appointment will be scheduled for 4:15 pm) at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, located at 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. No prior estate planning background is required to serve as an attorney or non-attorney volunteer.
Licensed NC attorneys are needed to draft the Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney. First responders are provided with a questionnaire to fill out prior to the event, and it corresponds with the fill-in-the-blank HotDocs software used to draft the documents. Notaries and witnesses are also needed. You may sign up to volunteer for a morning (9:00am-1:30pm), afternoon (12:30-5:30) or all-day shift (9:00-5:30).
Training for this event is scheduled at 9:00 a.m. for the morning and all-day sessions and at 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon session. During this time, we will have about 30 minutes of training on basic NC law regarding Wills, Durable Powers for Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney and 30 minutes of training on the HotDocs software. If you are a licensed attorney practicing in the area of wills & estates, please let us know if you would be willing to help with the training or serve as a floater during the event to answer questions that the attorneys drafting the wills may have.
Additional materials will be e-mailed to those who sign up to participate, however prior to the event date it will also be helpful to review the following “This is the Law Pamphlets” available on the NCBA website:
(1) Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney (http://www.ncbar.org/media/2592940/livingwills.pdf); and
(2) Protecting Your Assets: Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney (http://www.ncbar.org/media/2592948/protectingyourassets.pdf).
As you can see, there is plenty to do and we need as much help as possible. If you or someone you know (including non-attorney staff members at your work or friends) would like to volunteer for this event, please click on the link below for more information and to register as a volunteer: http://younglawyers.ncbar.org/resources/wills-for-heroes
If you have any additional questions, please contact Kristen Kirby by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (919) 899-3137 or Heather McDowell by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (919) 785-9998.