Indiana University Maurer School of Law is teaming up with IU’s Office of the Vice President and General Counsel to provide will preparation services to university employees, students and parents at no charge.
Employees must make $50,000 or less to receive a free simple will and health care power of attorney. Students do not have an income threshold, but if their parents make less than $50,000 a year, they too can qualify for the free services.
The program begins Monday. The documents will be drafted by one of six 2L or 3L students at Maurer, which will then be reviewed by a staff attorney in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel.
The students and university staff were trained by Kristine J. Bouaichi, chair of the trusts and estates group at Ice Miller LLP; and Daniel D. Meiklejohn, an associate at the firm.
Jacqueline Simmons, university vice president and general counsel, said this program will “help IU employees clarify their intentions and ease the burden on their families in times of stress.”
The university cited figures that say more than 50 percent of American adults do not have a will and that as many as 70 percent have not designated a health care power of attorney.
IU Maurer Dean Austen Parrish noted that the school asks its students to complete at least 60 hours of pro bono service while in law school, and this program will give them another opportunity to do so while providing a valuable service to the university community. The program is available to employees at any of the IU’s eight campuses.