Attorneys from Ballard Spahr and Capital One Financial Corporation will team up tomorrow to provide free estate planning services to emergency first responders, such as police and firefighters, at a Wills for Heroes clinic.

The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Trust Building, 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, and is open to all active and retired Maryland and Pennsylvania first responders. The Wills for Heroes program was established shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The program provides free wills, living wills, and health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.

“It is a privilege to serve the people who keep us safe and healthy and a pleasure to work alongside a longtime client who is equally dedicated to giving back,” said Michael Waldron, who leads Ballard Spahr’s Mortgage Banking Group and will be volunteering at the clinic. “We’ve had great success with this event in the past and look forward to repeating that this year.”

Since the program’s inception, volunteer lawyers nationwide have readied more than 55,000 estate planning documents for first responders in 28 states across the country. 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 process takes about an hour per person.

“Capital One is proud to once again partner with Ballard Spahr on the Wills for Heroes program to serve our first responders, and give back to those who put the lives and safety of others above their own every day,” said Adam Ostrach, Maryland North Market President, Capital One Bank. “As the Greater Washington region’s hometown bank, pro bono service is an important part of Capital One’s approach to providing support and resources for local families and individuals, and a meaningful way for our associates to serve their communities.”

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