Good Wills Return Good Will

I’ve been remiss in posting as I put the finishing touched on The Empowered Paralegal Professionalism Anthology. It’s due today, so the last week has been hectic as it was also the first week of classes. And I’ve had formatting problems – any one know how to get Word 2010 to restart footnotes at a new section? Just telling it to do so using the toolbar does not seem to work! 

But enough about me. This post is about volunteer paralegals. John Brubaker at reports:

First responders and volunteer attorneys and paralegals exchanged a lot of good will here Saturday.

They also exchanged a lot of good wills.

“First responders are always thinking of us,” said Denise Farrell, president of the Lancaster Paralegal Association. “We’re here to thank them for putting their lives on the line for us every day.”

The thanks came in the form of wills, powers of attorney and living wills drawn up by attorneys and notarized and witnessed by paralegals at no expense to police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders.

The legal volunteers and first responders mingled at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center near Manheim in the first Wills for Heroes event held in the county this year.

Instead of charging $250 or more for the services, the attorneys and paralegals provided pro bono advice and processed all legal forms without charge.

“It’s one way we can give back to them for what they do,” said J. Dwight Yoder, president of the Lancaster Bar Association, which coordinates the program along with the paralegal association.

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I written here often on the benefits of volunteering to the community, the profession, and the volunteer. Check out the “Volunteering” category for other stories of paralegals doing good by doing what they do so well.

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