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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/21/10
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New Jersey State Bar Association helps first responders prepare wills Lawyers volunteer Saturday at Egg Harbor Wills for Heroes event

Atlantic City– Young lawyers with the New Jersey State Bar Association on Saturday (May 22) will draft free wills and estate-planning documents for 50 first responders.

The members of the state bar’s Young Lawyers Division is providing the service through Wills for Heroes for first responders from Atlantic County and the surrounding communities.

The program is a nonprofit organization created after September 11, 2001, when thousands of first responders risked their lives, and more than 400 firefighters and police officers died. Many first responders do not have estate plans. Through Wills For Heroes, volunteer lawyers provide free legal estate-planning services. To date volunteers have prepared more than 10,000 estate-planning documents for first responders around the country.

The event runs from 8: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at AtlantiCare Life Center Building, 2500 English Creek Road, Building 400, Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08234.

Reporters and photographers are welcome.

To participate as a sworn-first responder, please go to http://eggharborwfh.eventbrite.com.

The Young Lawyers Division launched this project in Edison, New Jersey in February 2009 and has events planned once a month until the end of the year. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP has graciously supplied the Young Lawyers Division with the laptops necessary to complete the estate-planning services.

In April 10, 2010, the Cranford Police Benevolence Association and Cranford Fire Department presented the Young Lawyers Division with a plaque for providing these estate-planning services to their members.