An estimated 90 percent of first responders don’t have wills. After hundreds of them died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the nonprofit Wills for Heroes program was established. It provides free estate-planning documents and legal advice to those who risk so much to ensure our safety.

Today, lawyers from Ballard Spahr and members of the PHH Mortgage Legal Department will volunteer at a Wills for Heroes program at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Dozens of firefighters and first responders are expected at the event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joint Base firehouse.

“Every day, first responders put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Ballard Spahr partner Richard J. Andreano, Jr., who leads the firm’s Mortgage Banking practice and is taking part in the event. “We are honored to do our small part to bring peace of mind to these men and women and their families.”

Since its creation, volunteer attorneys have readied more than 10,000 estate-planning documents, including living wills, for first responders nationwide. The first responders complete an estate-planning questionnaire before they arrive at the event. Attorneys use those forms to prepare the documents. Wills are signed and notarized on the spot. The whole process takes about an hour.

According to Madeline Flanagan, General Counsel for PHH Mortgage, “PHH is proud to partner with Wills for Heroes. It means a great deal to our employees to be able to give back in a meaningful way to those who do so much for our communities.”

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