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Wills For Heroes Program Celebrates First Anniversary;
More Than 1,000 Alabama First Responders Served To Date

Brad Carr
Alabama State Bar
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Montgomery, Ala., September 11, 2008 - One year after the Alabama State Bar began its "Wills for Heroes" program under the leadership of immediate past president Samuel N. Crosby of Daphne (Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C.), bar members have drafted free simple wills, powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives for more than 1,130 of Alabama's police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Three hundred thirty-five lawyers as a part of the state bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program, have worked side-by-side with members of the statewide paralegals association to execute these documents, which can often cost as much as $1,000.

State Bar President J. Mark White of Birmingham (White Arnold & Dowd P.C.) said, "We are giving first responders the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their affairs are in order and that their families will be provided for should the unthinkable happen. It is our privilege to serve those who protect us everyday"

Wills for Heroes is a pro bono program coordinated by the state bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program and carried out by lawyers throughout the state who are members of the bar's Young Lawyers Section, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Elder Law Section, Alabama Lawyers Association, and the Alabama Association of Paralegals. Attorneys are not permitted to solicit business as a result of participating in this project.

White said the program has conducted clinics in Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham, Bessemer, Huntsville, Madison, Anniston, Tuscaloosa, Dothan and Baldwin County.

The 15,756-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.

This Mobile police officer is one of the thousands of first responders across the state who have had free simple wills and other estate planning documents prepared by members of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.