Fox Rothschild Provides Support to ‘Wills for Heroes’

August 24, 2010 – Press Releases

Serving the Bucks County first responders who serve them, more than 20 Fox Rothschild LLP attorneys and staff will volunteer their time to provide free wills and other estate planning documents to first responders, sworn personnel and their spouses or significant others. The day-long event will be held Sept. 11 at the Public Safety Training Center of Bucks County in Doylestown.

“Fox Rothschild understands the danger first responders face and the selflessness of their acts, and in response, is honored to join forces with Wills for Heroes in helping those who help us,” said Adam Silverstein, managing partner of the firm’s Bucks County office.

Fox Rothschild plans to volunteer more than 20 attorneys and staff, of which there will be estate planning professionals, volunteer attorneys, notaries and witnesses. The firm’s goal is to assist in making this the largest, single day Wills for Heroes event ever in Pennsylvania by assisting in the preparation of 180 sets of documents.

The Wills for Heroes program was founded by Anthony Hayes, a South Carolina lawyer who wanted to do something meaningful to help the country after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In Pennsylvania, the Wills for Heroes program was initiated by Daniel McKenna, a Philadelphia-based attorney and board member of the Wills for Heroes Foundation. The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division adopted Wills for Heroes as one of its statewide public service projects in the spring of 2009.

At the event, a first responder sits with a lawyer volunteer who drafts a will, an advance medical directive (often called a “living will”), a health care power of attorney as well as a durable financial power of attorney. Each estate planning document is then reviewed by an estate planning attorney, printed, signed and notarized.

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