Local attorneys volunteer to provide first responders with free wills

Nearly 70 of Wilson County’s Emergency First Responders gathered at the Criminal Justice Center in Lebanon on Saturday to take part in Wills for Heroes.  The event brought together more than 20 volunteer attorneys to write free wills and other basic estate planning for Wilson County&...
Jul 20, 2013
 Photo: Gabe Farmer | Lebanon Democrat

Jimmy Musice (left), son of fallen deputy John Musice, helps provide a free will and basic estate planning to Chris Melvin.
 Photo: Gabe Farmer | Lebanon Democrat

First responders and their spouses gathered at the Criminal Justice Center in Lebanon on Saturday to work with attorneys to create wills for free.

Nearly 70 of Wilson County’s Emergency First Responders gathered at the Criminal Justice Center in Lebanon on Saturday to take part in Wills for Heroes. 

The event brought together more than 20 volunteer attorneys to write free wills and other basic estate planning for Wilson County’s first responders and their spouses.  Emergency First Responders consist of police officers, firefighters and EMTs. 

The Wills for Heroes association was founded in South Carolina shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

Since its founding, Wills for Heroes has provided more than 7,000 free estate planning documents for first responders in 10 states. 

In 2007, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division partnered with Wills for Heroes and encouraged their 144,000 members to bring the program to their districts.

Mike Kurtz, of Lee and Lee Attorneys and District Representative of the Young Lawyers Division, led Wilson County’s district in its third Wills for Heroes event. 

The volunteer attorneys provided nearly 70 first responders with wills, power of attorney and living wills at this year’s event.  Kurtz and the Young Lawyers Division organized the event with sponsorship help from The 100 Club of Wilson County.

The 100 Club of Wilson County was founded 10 years ago in response to the July 9, 2003 accident, which took the lives of Mt. Juliet police Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Deputy John Musice.

“We provide financial assistance to the families of first responders who are injured or killed in the line of duty,” Anita Golf, President of the 100 Club of Wilson County said.

Whether it is for bills, diapers or groceries, the 100 Club works with those families to help them through their difficult times. 

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