Wills For Heroes Scores Another Success In Durham
Summary Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Written By: Russell Rawlings
| Kristin Kirby, back right, walks couple through
estate planning document.
Against the backdrop of ominous skies that held true to form on
Saturday, April 16, the Young Lawyers Division of the North
Carolina Bar Association conducted its 18th Wills for Heroes event
at the North Carolina Central University School of Law in
barrage of storms and tornadoes, which spared Durham but wreaked
havoc, destruction and death across much of North Carolina, served
as a poignant reminder of the potential circumstances first
responders face every day of their working lives.
It was the most
memorable of such days - Sept. 11, 2001 - that inspired creation of
the Wills for Heroes Foundation and the pro bono service project
that provides free estate planning documents for police officers,
sheriff's deputies, firefighters and emergency medical technicians
The NCBA YLD
adopted the project in 2007 and has since taken it to levels
unimagined when the first program was held in Charlotte. Eighteen
of these events have now been conducted in North Carolina, serving
thousands of first responders and their spouses.
The Durham event
attracted 84 first responders and spouses who were served by 72
volunteers. Approximately 240 documents were drafted.
In keeping with
the mindset that has permeated this program throughout its
existence, the YLD and its Wills for Heroes Committee, currently
co-chaired by Jillian Brevorka and Jake Epstein, takes but a moment
to capture its collective breath and thank the volunteers before
moving on to prepare for the next program.
That event will
take place on Saturday, May 21, in Burlington, and details are
forthcoming. There is no reason to believe that the program will be
anything but a resounding success.
That's how the
NCBA Young Lawyers Division and its Wills for Heroes Committee
rolls, 18 times and counting.
| Volunteer attorney provides valuable insight to
firefighter and his wife.
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