Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

March 4, 2010

Lawyers group drafting free wills for emergency workers


The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association and the Putnam County Bar Association, will be drafting free wills and other basic estate planning documents for Upper Cumberland area firefighters, police officers, paramedics/EMTs, and their spouses on March 27, from 9 a.m. until noon in Cookeville. The event is being held in cooperation with the national Wills for Heroes Foundation.

The Wills for Heroes program provides free wills and other basic estate planning documents to emergency first responders and their families. It has been the primary public service project of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for the last two years. To date, the program has served over 430 first responders in Tennessee, and over 240 lawyers have volunteered their time to the program. Nationwide, more than 7,000 emergency first responders have been helped.

The event will be held at the Tennessee Tech University School of Nursing, at the corner of W. 7th Street and Mahler Ave., Cookeville, from 9 a.m. to noon March 27.

All heroes must sign up before March 24. To sign up, please contact attorney Rachel Moses of the Legal Aid Society at (931) 528-7436 or rmoses@las.org. Attorneys interested in volunteering for the event should also contact Moses.

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with about 10,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA's dedication to serving the state's legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.

The TBA YLD is known for its active and enthusiastic support for public and legal service projects in the state. It coordinates the high school mock trial competition, presents law-related education curriculum to Tennessee students, organizes a statewide public service day each year and provides free legal services to the public through a variety of events.

The Wills for Heroes Foundation works nationwide with affiliate organizations to provide free wills and other estate planning documents to America’s first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. Since November, 2001, the Wills for Heroes program has provided more than 7,000 estate planning documents nationwide. Attorneys Anthony Hayes and Jeffrey Jacobson oversee the Wills for Heroes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donate to join us in “protecting those who protect us”® at www.willsforheroes.org.