General Information and Instructions
In an effort to show our appreciation for all that first responders do to help our community, the Widener University School of Law, in partnership with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, has instituted this program to offer free basic Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advance Health Care Directives.Eligibility for a free Will.
The complimentary legal services we offer are not for everyone. To enable us to offer Wills to all first responders, the Wills need to be “basic.” As a result, the services offered may not be appropriate for persons with large or complicated estates, or those who want to set up special needs or sophisticated trusts. For the purposes of this program, if the value of your estate exceeds $750,000, please contact us as we may not be able to accommodate you
. Your estate consists of
: your cash, personal property, stocks and bonds, real estate (the equity portion only), savings, inheritances (only if already received), retirement assets (e.g., a 401(k) or IRA account); BUT life insurance IS NOT INCLUDED
. If you have a large or complicated estate or desire complex trust arrangements, you may not be eligible in this program. Instead, you should contact a lawyer who specializes in the area of Wills and Trusts.Please note:
If you have an existing Will or other estate planning document that you want changed, modified or updated, the Wills for Heroes volunteers will draft a NEW document. Therefore, any existing estate planning documents you have should be brought with you. Conflicts.
Please note that no lawyer involved in this process has performed a conflict search on your name, your children’s names, your current or ex-spouse/partner’s names, if you are aware of any legal proceeding involving you, please alert the attorney at the beginning of the interview.Questionnaire.
A questionnaire will be provided to you in advance of your appointment. It will prepare you to discuss your estate plan needs with an attorney. It will also provide a convenient form to record your important information. You will keep the questionnaire at the end of the appointment. All discussions with an attorney at the event are confidential.Documents to Bring to Your Appointment.
You should bring: (i) your questionnaire; (ii) government identification containing a picture, as it will be required for the execution of your documents; (iii) if you are giving real estate to a specific beneficiary(ies), please bring a deed of trust or other document providing a legal description of the real estate, and (if applicable) (iv) any existing estate planning documents. Contact Information: