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Wills for Heroes

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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 Event​brite page and sign up to volunteer at that event.

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Must be a member of the Wills For Heroes elist to view program, use subscribe link above

    Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers

     
     

    I am interested in volunteering for Wills for Heroes. Do I need to be an estate planning specialist to volunteer?

    What is Wills for Heroes?

    Is there insurance available for attorneys?

    What does a basic estate plan include?

    Who is eligible for Wills for Heroes?

    Does Wills for Heroes cover all types of property and all situations?

    What types of volunteers are needed for Wills for Heroes?

    I am an attorney interested in volunteering for Wills for Heroes. How can I help?

    I am a notary interested in volunteering for Wills for Heroes. How can I help?

    I am not an attorney or a notary but am interested in volunteering for Wills for Heroes. How can I help?

    What type of training does Wills for Heroes provide?

    How are Wills for Heroes clinics scheduled?

    When are Wills for Heroes clinics held?

    Where are Wills for Heroes clinics held?

    What are first responders required to do prior to arriving at the clinic?

    What happens when a first responder arrives for his/her clinic appointment?

    How do volunteer attorneys generate the estate planning documents?

    How long does each first responder's appointment last?

    Who provides clinic supplies?

    Can I organize a clinic in my area?

    How do I volunteer for Wills for Heroes?

    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.

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