Through Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes program, volunteer attorneys and support personnel participate in clinics scheduled at the request of first responder organizations. At these events, volunteer lawyers prepare basic 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 as a way to assist emergency personnel in preparing basic estate planning documents that will protect them and their families. The program launched in Wisconsin in the Fall of 2009.
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How to volunteer
First, you need to attend the training. Attorneys must attend the introductory training before serving as an attorney at a clinic. Training is now available as an On-Demand program through the State Bar (not currently approved for CLE credit by BBE). Subscribe to the Wills for Heroes e-list here and then the training will show up as a link below.
Locate an upcoming clinic near you on the project's Eventbrite page and sign up to volunteer at that event.
Must be a member of the Wills For Heroes elist to view program, use subscribe link above
Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers
Wills for Heroes in a Box
If you want to organize and hold a Wisconsin Wills for Heroes clinic in your area with your own computer equipment, we can help you do that. To help volunteers get started in more rural areas, we've assembled a set of software, forms and instructions that you need to get started. Contact the Pro Bono Program Manager to get the latest version.
Supporters & Sponsors
Wills for Heroes in Wisconsin is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin with the support of Foley & Lardner LLP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, LexisNexis, HotDocs, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division and the national Wills for Heroes Foundation.