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Wills for Heroes



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Volunteer with the Chicago Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes Program

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.  



Program Dates for the 2015-2016 Bar Year

2015

September 19, 2015 – Chicago Police Head Quarters

October 17, 2015 – Chicago Police Head Quarters

November 14, 2015 – Chicago Police Head Quarters

2016 TBD

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys and Non-Attorneys/Law Students

Estate Planning Attorneys
Experienced estate planning attorneys are needed to review completed estate plans and walk clients through the execution of the documents.

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:

  1. Estate planning attorney;

  2. Non-estate planning attorney;

  3. Notary Public; or

  4. 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 program.  

(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 CLE information).

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 comfortably.


If you have any other questions, please contact The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Public Outreach Committee Members  Daniel Biederman  or Joe Bushnego.