Wills for Heroes (Saturday, January 21)

The Minnesota State Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes (“WFH”) program is available to First Responders and their spouses. WFH provides simple Wills, Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney to eligible members of the First Responder community.

The documents and information that will be provided by WFH volunteers are designed for small or modest estates and the information and advice provided by WFH volunteers is general in nature. The Wills being prepared are simple Wills and not extensive estate planning. Estate planning needs and laws change, so your estate planning documents should be reviewed regularly. It is your responsibility to make sure that your documents are reviewed. Large estates or complicated legal matters that require more time and assistance than can be provided by the WFH summary services should be handled by attorneys who may devote more time to your interests. For your convenience, upon request, we will provide you with a list of attorneys in your county and who practice in your area of need.

To avoid any possible conflict of interest, if you and your spouse both choose to participate in the WFH program, each of you will need to be separately interviewed and represented.

WFH will not provide any legal advice in the following areas of law: (1) estate, gift, income and/or generation skipping transfer tax; (2) special needs trusts; (3) charitable trusts; (4) citizenship or domicile issues; (5) assets held outside of the United States of America; (6) any other issue that is deemed to be outside the scope of the WFH program.

All information will be kept confidential and is for the sole use of the WFH program. The lawyer you will see is made available to you for the sole purpose of drafting and providing these simple estate planning documents. In addition, no attorney-client or other professional relationship of any nature whatsoever will be deemed to have been created by your participation in WFH.

The attorney with whom you meet will have numerous existing and prospective client relationships and it is possible that a situation could arise in which your interests might conflict with those of some other client. The attorney with whom you meet will be preparing these documents for you with the understanding and agreement that he or she may represent any other present or future client in any matter that is not substantially related to his or her work for you, even if such client’s interests are directly adverse to your interests.