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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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