Ballard Spahr will host a Wills for Heroes clinic at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 this Saturday, February 23. During the event, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) also will honor Carolyn M. Capobianco, a Ballard Spahr administrator who coordinates the clinics.

The Wills for Heroes Foundation provides free estate planning services, such as wills, living wills, and powers of attorney to emergency first responders. More than 100 police officers and firefighters have signed up for appointments on Saturday.

Ms. Capobianco has worked with Ballard Spahr attorney and Wills for Heroes Foundation President Daniel J.T. McKenna to organize Wills for Heroes clinics for the last five years. Through her efforts, the program has produced more than 2,500 free wills for first responders. The PBA will honor her with the Pro Bono Partner Award, which recognizes non-attorneys who support pro bono efforts.

“Carolyn is a good soul, a great person, and an even better manager,” said Mr. McKenna. “She is the backbone of the Wills for Heroes Foundation and the force behind our Pennsylvania programs, which have grown under her guidance.”

Since the program’s inception, volunteer lawyers nationwide have readied more than 10,000 estate planning documents for first responders. The first responders complete an estate planning questionnaire before they arrive at the event. Attorneys use those forms to prepare the documents, and wills are signed and notarized on the spot. The whole process takes about an hour per person.

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