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Wisconsin Wills for Heroes Program Offers Free Clinics to Assist First Responders with Basic Estate Planning Documents

Through Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes program, volunteer attorneys and support personnel participate in clinics scheduled at the request of first responder organizations around the state. At these events, volunteer lawyers will prepare wills and other estate planning documents at no charge for eligible first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.

The national Wills for Heroes program was created by the Wills for Heroes Foundation after September 11, 2001, and is designed to assist emergency personnel in preparing basic estate planning documents to protect themselves and their families. The program launched in Wisconsin in the Fall of 2009.

Wills for Heroes in Wisconsin is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s pro bono program with the generous support of Foley & Lardner LLP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, LexisNexis and the State Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Only Wisconsin "first responders" with an individual net worth of $650,000 or less ($1,300,000 for a couple) are eligible for this free service coordinated through their employer or first responder organization. Those eligible include Wisconsin publicly employed or volunteer:

  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • EMTs
  • Spouses/Domestic Partners of such personnel

The website link to Wills for Heroes and the contact information to request a clinic in your area are below:
http://www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=WillsforHeroes

jbrown@wisbar.org

Mailing Address
Wills for Heroes
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707-7158