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IBA: Giving Thanks: Pay it forward by offering your expertise

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Since 2007, attorney volunteers have assisted hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills program. For IndyBar volunteers it is easy: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided.

Consider volunteering a small piece of your time for this program during the first quarter of 2013. The time commitment is minimal, but your impact is great. Feedback shows that each client commitment averages three to five hours.

This year the Pro Bono Standing Committee has expanded the program to include a Modest Means income-qualification level. Volunteers can choose: take only clients qualified to have their documents drafted pro bono, or agree to hold a complimentary consultation and charge no more than $75/hour for a modest means client while also taking one pro bono client as well.

Please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or 269-2000 if you are interested in participating or have questions. Specialized training will not be provided but we may be able to pair you with a mentor. If you plan to participate in this program, be sure to renew your IndyBar membership for 2013 as all volunteers must be current IndyBar members.•

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