February 26, 2013

Wills for Heroes in New Bern Was a Smashing Success!


We had a great Wills for Heroes event at Craven Community College on Saturday!  Forty-four attorneys, notaries, law students and other volunteers assisted 54 local first responders (law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs) and their spouses by drafting 162 free estate planning documents.  The North Carolina Bar Association issued a press release, which you can read here

More than a dozen attorneys, as well as several paralegals, gave up their Saturday to volunteer for this pro bono event, including the following:   
  • Bill Lathan, Bill Durr, Jen Gonzalez, Paula White, and Diane Charboneau of Ward and Smith, P.A.
  • Ciara Rogers of Oliver Friesen Cheek
  • John King and Leslie Melvin of Stubbs & Purdue
  • Cindy Quay of the Law Office of Cindy Quay
  • Rusty and Brandi Lawrence of the Lawrence Law Firm
  • Rick Rhodes of Rhodes Law, PLLC

Pro bono superstars Jillian Brevorka of Greensboro and Kristen Kirby of Raleigh coordinate Wills for Heroes on a statewide basis on behalf of the North Carolina Bar Association.  I was very pleased to have a role in bringing this opportunity to New Bern by serving as the local coordinator for the event.  Craven Community College, through Dr. Layne Harpine and Yasmin Santiago, provided critical support for the effort.
 
(Matt Cordell, right, and UNC law student Neal Inman, left, assist a first responder with estate planning documents.  Photo credit: Jillian Brevorka)
 
(Jillian Brevorka trains attorney and law student volunteers on the Wills for Heroes software.)

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