Wills for Heroes – Free Wills Program Through PA Bar for First Responders

Police, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders can get free basic estate planning documents through a program called Wills for Heroes co-sponsored by the PA Bar Association.  Click here for an explanation of how this program works.

Lawyer volunteers staff events in many PA counties to meet with and produce estate planning documents for first responders in about an hour.

Here’s a list of the upcoming events for 2013:

Upcoming W4H County Events

  • Sept, 14, 2013, Radnor Twp. Police & Fire, Radnor, Montgomery County. Click here for invitation.
  • Sept. 21, 2013, Clarks Summit Fire Company, Lackawanna County. Click here for invitation.
  • Sept. 28, 2013, Middletown Fire Company, Media, Delaware County. Click here for invitation.
  • Oct. 5, 2013, Pennsylvania State Police – Troop T, King of Prussia, Montgomery County
  • Oct. 12, 2013, Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, Manheim
  • Oct. 19, 2013, Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company, Monroe County
  • Oct. 26, 2013, Central Bucks Ambulance & Rescue Unit, Doylestown, Bucks County. Click here for invitation.
  • Oct. 26, 2013, Cumberland County 911 Call Center, Cumberland County
  • Nov. 2, 2013, Quentin Volunteer Fire Company, Lebanon County
  • Nov. 9, 2013, Dubois Area United Way, Dubois, Clearfield County
  • December 14, 2013, Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, Manheim
  • Oct. 26, 2013, Central Bucks Ambulance & Rescue Unit, Doylestown, Bucks County. Click herefor invitation.
  • Oct. 26, 2013, Cumberland County 911 Call Center, Cumberland County
  • Nov. 2, 2013, Quentin Volunteer Fire Company, Lebanon County
  • Nov. 9, 2013, Dubois Area United Way, Dubois, Clearfield County
  • December 14, 2013, Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, Manheim

First responders are asked to fill out a basic Questionnaire in advance of their meeting with the volunteer lawyer.   Click here to download that form.

If you are a first responder, or are reading this and know a first responder, please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about making a will or filling out the questionnaire for this program.  I am not currently involved with this program.  I just read about it and wanted to pass the info along to those who might not have seen it.

If you’re a first responder and you missed or cannot attend the event in your area, get in touch with me and I will help you.

If a relative or family friend cares for your children while you’re at work, out of town, or otherwise unavailable, then you should sign a Medical Consent Authorization.

I recently worked on some estate planning with a couple that had a two year old daughter.  Towards the end of the final meeting when we all gathered together to sign the documents we had prepared, they posed a question to me.  We are going out of town for four days for a friend’s wedding. Our daughter is staying with one of our parents and she has a doctor’s appointment one of those days.  Do we need to do anything for that?

Yes, you need a Medical Consent Authorization.

I now include this document in every estate plan where the client(s) have minor children.

The Pennsylvania Medical Consent Act generally allows a parent (or legal guardian) to make a Medical Consent to give a relative or family friend the power to consent to medical, surgical, dental, developmental, mental health, or other treatment for the child in the parent or guardian’s absence.  There are specific state requirements that must be met in order for a Medical Consent to be valid.

This form, when properly prepared and executed will be honored by all physicians, nurses, school nurses, mental health professionals, dentists, other health care professionals, hospitals, medical facilities, mental health facilities, and insurance providers.

These documents can remain in effect until otherwise revoked in writing, or they can be limited to a certain period of time.

So, if a relative or family friend watches your kids while you’re at work, out of town, or otherwise unavailable, get a Medical Consent prepared.

Please feel free to Contact Me to discuss whether a Medical Consent is something that might help you.