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Area attorneys prepare ‘Wills for Heroes’

May 22, 2014

DTL staff

Local attorneys and paralegals gathered May 14 at West Point City Hall for the city’s first ever Wills for Heroes event.
Eleven volunteer attorneys met with first responders from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, West Point Police Department, West Point Fire Department and local emergency medical technicians for free to prepare wills, powers of attorney and advanced health care directives.
The event was sponsored by the Clay County Bar Association (CCBA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Wills for Heroes Foundation.
CCBA President Michelle Easterling said the event was successful, as attorneys drafted and executed nearly 50 estate planning documents in West Point.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to our local community in this way,” Easterling said.
She said support for the event was not limited to the legal community. Southern Ionics owner Milton Sundbeck and Cafe Ritz donated box lunches for the volunteers, and Jubilations Coffee contributed coffee and cheesecake, according to Easterling.
She said despite the risks inherent in their jobs, more than 80 percent of first responders do not have a will. This means that if first responders fall in the line of duty, their estates would be distributed according to state law rather than their wishes.

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