We are pleased to partner with the North Carolina Bar Foundation to host a Wills for Heroes clinic for our 2019 Day of Service. The NC Bar Foundation's Wills for Heroes pro bono clinics serve to give back to first responders and their families by preparing their end-of-life documents, including: wills, powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney.
Volunteer attorneys, notaries, law students and general volunteers are needed from 9am-2pm on clinic day. You are welcome to sign up your paralegals to help as well.
Volunteer Opportunities Available:
1. Attorney Volunteers: meet with first responders for individualized appointments to review their estate planning questionnaires and generate their estate planning documents with the use of a laptop and HotDocs, a document assembly program. No estate planning experience is required in advance (but attorneys must complete the volunteer training provided before the clinic).
2. Notary Volunteers: certified NC public notaries will notarize the signatures of first responders when they execute their estate planning documents.
3. General Volunteers: volunteers are needed to help with clinic day operations (i.e. childcare, assisting at the check in desk, helping with printing documents, serving as a witness when the first responders sign their estate planning documents before a notary, etc.)
Clinic Day Schedule:
- Volunteer Training begins at 9am
- Client Appointments at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm.
Do I need prior estate planning experience in order to participate?
No, volunteers will undergo training before the clinic to prepare them for the use of the HotDocs software used to generate the documents and to educate them on wills, powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney documents.
Is malpractice insurance provided to volunteers?
Yes, the NC Bar Foundation will provide malpractice insurance for the pro bono work of attorney volunteers during the Wills for Heroes clinics.
Will lunch be provided?
Yes, the WCBA will be sponsoring the lunch for the volunteers!
Who are the clients?
The first responders attending the clinics are local firefighters, police, EMS personnel and their families.
Do I need to bring a laptop?
No, the NCBF will be providing laptops for attorneys to use to generate the documents using the hotdocs software.
What do I wear?
Volunteers are encouraged to dress in business casual attire.