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New Jersey State Bar Association Even To Prepare Free Wills for First Responders

What: The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is hosting the fourth Wills For Heroes event in New Jersey. On Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wills For Heroes 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.

Any sworn first-responders with an estate under $750,000 are able to participate in this program that provides free estate planning advice. Attorneys from New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will draw up estate-planning documents for approximately 40 first responders from Mercer County and surrounding communities.

To participate as a sworn-first responder, please go to

To volunteer as an attorney or notary, please contact Karen Weiss at or 609-989-5002.

The event will be at Capital Health at Hamilton, 1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton.

Since November 2001, and in response to the dilemma faced by the family of many heroes that responded to the tragedy at the World Trade Center, who lost their lives without having an estate plan in effect, Wills For Heroes has prepared more than 10,000 estate-planning documents for first responders. Wills For Heroes has been one of the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s public service projects for this year. The Division launched this project in Edison, New Jersey in February and is planning several more throughout the state over the next year. Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP supplied the Young Lawyers Division with the laptops necessary to complete the estate-planning services.