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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028

Attorneys to Draft Free Wills for Local Emergency First Responders on Aug. 22

(Albuquerque, NM) Emergency first responders from local police and fire departments will receive free wills and other basic estate planning documents on Saturday, Aug. 22, through Wills for Heroes, a public service program of the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division. Spouses and domestic partners receive the same services. Wills for Heroes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the District Attorneys Office, 920 Salazar Rd., Suite A, Taos. Appointments are recommended.

On September 11, 2001, 343 firefighters, 23 police officers, and 37 port-authority police officers made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens. Unfortunately, many of these American heroes did not have estate plans. Created by the Wills for Heroes Foundation and the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, this public service project honors and supports emergency first responders by “protecting those who protect us.”®.

To date in New Mexico, Wills for Heroes events have been held with the Town of Mesilla Fire Department, Albuquerque Fire Department, Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, the Roswell Fire Department and in Moriarty. The goal is to offer this program to first responders across the entire state.

For further information or to request an interview, please contact Emilio Chavez,, (575) 758-8683; Alex Russell,, (505) 922-8980 or visit

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.