Planning for First Responders
a show of appreciation of the efforts and sacrifices of central
Ohio police officers and firefighters, attorneys from the Columbus
Bar Association Probate Law Committee, Harlan Lewis Chair, are teaming
up with Judge Belskis and the Franklin County Probate Court to offer
free estate plans for first responders. The program is providing
basic estate planning documents for the first responder and their
spouse. Those participating will receive wills, Financial Power
of Attorney; Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney; Declaration
for Disposition of Bodily Remains.
The first session was held on Wednesday
April 23 at the Worthington Division of Police. By Memorial Day
when the project is completed over 100 volunteers will have been
nvolved and a about 300-400 hours of pro bono work will have been
donated. The program was also supported by Alan Acker who generously
made his estate planning software available to expedite the drafting
(start to finish 1.5 hours per estate plan) Gordon Flesch Co. which
provided photo copiers and paper, and Time Warner which provided
free wireless internet access.
Judge Belskis estimated that 80%
of the first responders did not have wills. Judge Belskis said,
“By providing basic estate planning to our first responders,
the Columbus Bar Association would show the participants that we,
as lawyers, do appreciate their service and protection.”
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