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IndyBar Seeking Volunteers for Low Asset Wills Program

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Giving thanks: Offering your expertise to others is a great way to pay forward your good fortune.

Since 2007, IndyBar attorney volunteers have helped hundreds of individuals prepare for times when they can no longer speak for themselves through the Low Asset Wills Program. The commitment for this program is minimal, but your impact is great. We work to make this a simple process for volunteers: clients are pre-screened and template forms are provided, and the client commitment averages three to five hours.

If you haven’t participated in the past, we hope to count on you this year. If you volunteered last year, we are sure you will want to sign up again!

New for this year, the program has expanded to include a Modest Means income-qualification level. Volunteers can choose:

1. Take only clients qualified to have their documents drafted pro bono.

2. Agree to hold a complimentary consultation and charge no more than $75 per hour for a modest means client, and, in addition, take one pro bono client as well.

Please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org or 317-269-2000 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 dues for 2014, as all volunteers must be current IndyBar members. Renew online at indybar.org/renew.

There are so many in the community who can benefit from your generosity.

More About the Low Asset Wills Program:

Partnering Agencies: CICOA, WIC, the Veteran’s Hospital, the Julian Center, the Damien Center, Marion Superior Courts and local legal service providers.

The public can access info and applications at partnering agencies or online at indybar.org.

Applications from the public will be accepted from Jan. 1 until March 31, 2014, and will be financially screened by Pro Bono Committee members and IndyBar staff.

Qualifying applicants receive a letter with the volunteer attorney’s contact information. Applicants are responsible for contacting the attorney.

Volunteer attorneys will receive an email from the IndyBar with the client’s financial application. All documents should be executed by June 2014 with the original, signed document kept at the volunteer’s office, a copy to the client and a copy sent to the IndyBar.•

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

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  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

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