Program provided by the Young Lawyers Division of The Mississippi Bar
The Wills for Heroes program started shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then, Wills for Heroes programs throughout the country have provided thousands of free estate planning documents for first responders.
Mississippi implemented its Wills for Heroes program in 2010. At a Wills for Heroes event, first responders are assigned to a volunteer attorney who reviews a questionnaire with the first responder and inputs the information from the questionnaire into laptops loaded with assembly software. The attorney reviews the draft estate planning documents with the first responder participant to ensure its accuracy and that the first responder understands and agrees with what he is executing. Once finalized, the documents are signed, witnessed and notarized in a formal signing ceremony at the event. On average, it takes about an hour to complete the estate planning documents, which include a Last Will and Testament, General Durable Power of Attorney and Advanced Healthcare Directive.
The first Wills for Heroes event was held in Mississippi in Hancock County on February 6, 2010. Local attorneys, in partnership with the Wills for Heroes Committee of The Mississippi Bar's Young Lawyers Division, donated their time to provide free estate planning services to the first responder community in Waveland, Mississippi. Since then, events have been held in Jackson, Oxford, Choctaw, Ridgeland, Fulton, Cleveland, Brandon, Pascagoula and Gulfport.
To date, approximately 458 Mississippi fireman, police and emergency services personnel have obtained estate planning documents at Mississippi Wills for Heroes events. More events have been scheduled because of the positive experiences had by the attorney volunteers and first responders alike throughout the state.
For more information about the Wills for Heroes program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation website at http://www.willsforheroes.org/. Please contact Rene' Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Wills for Heroes event.
2012-2013 Wills for Heroes Events
December 6, 2012 - Starkville
December 11, 2012 - Meridian
December 18, 2012 - Hazlehurst
January 17, 2013 - Pascagoula
March 22, 2013 - Pearl
April 9, 2013 - Gulfport
2011-2012 Wills for Heroes Events
Sept. 22 - 23, 2011 - Ridgeland
January 27, 2012 - Biloxi
March 5 - 6, 2012 - Tupelo
April 12, 2012 - Brandon
April 27, 2012 - Grenada
May 18, 2012 - Olive Branch
May 24, 2012 - Clinton
May 29, 2012 - Flowood
June 5, 2012 - Batesville
June 14, 2012 - Hattiesburg
2010-2011 Wills for Heroes Events
October 21, 2010 - Choctaw
January 24-25, 2011 - Ridgeland
April 2, 2011 - Fulton
May 11, 2011 - Cleveland
May 17, 2011 - Brandon
June 2-3, 2011 - Pascagoula
June 10-11, 2011 - Gulfport