First responders rush into harm's way with nary a thought about their own safety. On September 11, many of those heroes died without adequate estate planning. Wills for Heroes, a pro bono program in which attorneys provide free wills and estate planning services to first responders, was conceived in the wake of that tragedy. Daniel McKenna, an attorney at Ballard Spahr and a member of the Wills for Heroes Board, has played an integral part in building the program. Since the group formed, it has written approximately 40,000 wills for first responders in 22 states.

"It's about protecting the decedent’s wishes," Mr. McKenna said. "Many first responders become first responders young, and they haven't found the need to think about these things."

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