Wills for Heroes
Volunteer with the Chicago Bar Association's Wills for Heroes
The Wills for Heroes Foundation provides
essential legal documents free of charge to our nation's first
responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. In an
effort to show our appreciation for all that first responders do to help
our community, The Chicago Bar Association has instituted a Wills for
Heroes program to offer free basic Wills and powers of attorney to
Chicagoland area first responders. At events coordinated through The
Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section Public Outreach
Committee, volunteers prepare basic Wills and powers of attorney for
local emergency first responders and their spouses or partners.
2016 Program Dates
January 23, February 20, March 19, April 16
(tentative) & May 14
Chicago Police Headquarters (3510 S.
Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653)
Opportunities for Attorneys and Non-Attorneys/Law
Estate Planning Attorneys
Experienced estate planning attorneys are needed to review
completed estate plans and walk clients through the execution of the
All Other Attorneys
Attorneys without estate planning experience are needed
to perform client intake draft wills and powers of attorney using
HotDocs document automation software, and acting as witnesses during the
execution of the documents.
Notaries Public and Non-Attorneys/ Law Students
If you are a Notary Public you can participate by notarizing
documents. Non-attorneys and law students can participate by pairing up
with attorneys during the document preparation phase of the program or
by serving as witnesses during the execution of the documents.
How to Register for an Event
If you are interested in volunteering at an
upcoming event please send an email to The Chicago Bar Association's
Young Lawyers Section Public Outreach Committee Members Daniel Biederman or Joe Busnengo.
In your email, please
provide a preferred email address, contact number, and identify whether
you are one of the following:
- Estate planning attorney;
- Non-estate planning attorney;
- Notary Public; or
- Law student
We will add you to our list of prospective volunteers, and approximately
one month before the event, you will receive an email from the Chicago
Bar Association requesting that you complete an online "survey" to
formally register for the event. Approximately two weeks before the
event, you will receive a confirmation email
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you provide
training for the event? The CBA has prepared a basic wills and
estates online training video for the Wills for Heroes
(Approved for .50 CLE credit. Please note that you can only receive one
Wills for Heroes CLE credit per calendar year. If you are a CBA member
you can log into your account to view your MCLE credit tracker. If
you are not a member of the CBA, a member of the CBA will email you your
Do I need to have malpractice insurance? You do not need to
have your own malpractice insurance to volunteer. The Chicago Bar
Association provides the necessary malpractice insurance for all
volunteers. The Wills for Heroes program also provides the
necessary engagement agreements to all clients.
How do I perform a conflicts check?
Approximately one week before the Wills for Heroes event you will
receive an email from the planning committee supplying you with a list
of clients for conflict checks.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code. So, feel free to dress
What are my transportation
options? The Chicago Police Headquarters is easily
accessible via the CTA's Green and Red Lines and the Metra's Rock Island
District Line. There is also free on-site parking for volunteers.
If you have any other questions, please contact The Chicago Bar
Association's Young Lawyers Section Public Outreach Committee
Biederman or Joe