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Wills for Heroes Event - March 27, 2009

Wills for Heroes
Protecting Those Who Protect US

Attorneys from the State Bar of New Mexico’s Young Lawyers Division volunteered their time and expertise March 27 at the 2nd Judicial Courthouse to write wills and family estate planning documents for Albuquerque’s first responders—police officers and firefighters who put themselves in harm’s way every day. In this unique way to give back to the community, the attorneys help firefighters and police officers who otherwise might not seek the costly legal services. A simple will can cost between $500 and $800, a cost that might discourage many from taking the essential step of providing for beneficiaries and making necessary plans.

"I have been putting this off for over 16 years. I would like to give a great big thanks to the Young Lawyers Division. Without their help, I'm sure that I would still not have a will,” said Sgt. James Silver of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Wills for Heroes program provides essential legal documents free of charge to first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By inviting first responders to plan now, the volunteer attorneys are helping to ensure that important legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits.

At Friday’s event, 22 volunteer attorneys worked one-on-one with 48 first responders and their families. In addition, ten paralegal volunteers provided notary services and served as witnesses. "I’m here because they're here for us. It’s my opportunity to give back to them,” said Sandi Miller, a paralegal volunteer.

The group held a similar Wills for Heroes event earlier this month in the Farmington area.

"Wills for Heroes gives YLD a chance to show our appreciation to the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting and saving others. We also extend a big thank you to the numerous attorneys willing to volunteer for this event. Thanks to their help, we were able to draft almost fifty free wills for emergency first responders,” said YLD President Martha Chicoski.

Chuck Breeden and children meet with John D'Amato

Chuck Breeden and children meet with attorney John D'Amato.

Jason Harvey and son, Cole, ponder advice of their attorney.

Jason Harvey and his son, Cole, ponder the advice of their volunteer attorney.

Dion Chavez meets with attorney volunteer, Tina Gooch.

Dion Chavez meets with attorney volunteer, Tina Gooch.

Jason Harvey receives counsel from attorney Ralph Trujillo.

Jason Harvey receives counsel from attorney Ralph Trujillo.

Nadine Hamby receives counsel from attorney Gabrielle Roybal.

APD Public Information Officer, Nadine Hamby receives counsel from attorney Gabrielle Roybal.

Attorney Volunteer Superstars Clara Moran, Leslie Maxwell and Brent Moore.

"Attorney Volunteer Superstars" Clara Moran, Leslie Maxwell and Brent Moore.

Raymond Torres receives counsel from attorney LeeAnn Werbelow.

Raymond Torres receives counsel from attorney LeeAnn Werbelow.

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More "Attorney Volunteer Superstars" Tina Gooch, Michael Osborne and John D'Amato.


 

 

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