For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the bar’s Low Asset Wills Program. Studies routinely show that lower-income individuals are less likely to have a will or advance directives. This program has played an important role in making end of life decisions for this population clear, especially when it comes to the care of children.
This year, the program will take on a workshop format in an effort to assist even more members of the community. Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 and 7 at two different sites—the John H. Boner Center, which will be open to the public, and the Dr. James J. Wright Center, which will service Midtown Mental Health patients only.
The “one stop shop” format means that volunteer attorneys will work with individuals on-site to have their wills and advance directives drafted, signed and witnessed. Volunteers will also be on hand to pre-screen applicants for financial eligibility. Members of the community served by the program will walk away with fully executed documents—and more importantly, peace of mind.
Interested in making a difference? Estate planning attorneys are needed as volunteers, but non-probate savvy attorneys will also be put to good use. Volunteers who can bring a laptop are encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Attorneys who cannot volunteer on May 6 or 7 may be needed for overflow representation following the workshops. Contact Caren Chopp at email@example.com to volunteer.
Did you know? Indianapolis Bar Association pro bono programs are funded through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Each dollar donated to the IBF gives a helping hand to another member of our community through programs like Low Asset Wills, Legal Line, the Homeless Shelter Project and much more!•