“Wills for Heroes had a very successful second event,” said Widener Law student and Student Bar Association
President Damiano del Pino of the program held on Widener Law’s Delaware campus on Saturday, July 10th, adding, “We had nearly 60 clients from the police, fire, and emergency medical services communities come for wills and other estate planning documents.”
The event saw volunteer attorneys prepare wills, advance health care directives, and financial powers of attorneys free of cost for Delaware firefighters, paramedics, police officers, corrections officers, probation officers, and their spouses or partners. Widener Law Professors Leslie Johnson
, Mary Ann Robinson
, Kenneth T. Kristl
, and Nicholas Mirkay
participated in the event, as did volunteer attorneys from several Delaware firms. Widener Law alumni and students also offered their assistance.
Widener Law, the official Delaware affiliate of the Wills for Heroes program, ran its first event on April 17th. Damiano del Pino was instrumental in bringing the program to Widener Law’s Delaware campus. “When I saw Delaware had no chapter for Wills for Heroes I decided that had to change,” Del Pino said. “Widener is a natural fit to be an affiliate organization. The law school places such an emphasis on public service that it just made sense to bring the two together. Everyone quickly became committed to the idea of Widener being the vessel that makes this opportunity available to Delaware’s emergency service workers.”
Widener Law’s Delaware campus hopes to coordinate a Wills for Heroes document-preparation event once a semester. Subsequent events will move around to the First State’s three counties. Look for information on the next Wills for Heroes event to appear on the Widener Law website prior to the event.