Attorneys from Ballard Spahr and Capital One Financial Corporation will team up on Friday, May 2, to provide free estate-planning services to emergency first responders at a Wills for Heroes clinic.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, and will provide services to active and retired first responders from the New York Police and Fire Departments, as well as from several federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 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 are dedicated to protecting their communities, and a pleasure to work alongside a longtime client who is equally committed to giving back,” said Charles A. Stillman, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr Stillman & Friedman, Ballard Spahr’s New York City office. “We’re delighted to take part in an event that has been extremely successful across the country. We also would like to thank the law firm of Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera and its Managing Partner, Sandy Schlesinger, for joining Ballard Spahr in this effort.”

Since the program’s inception, volunteer lawyers nationwide have readied more than 55,000 estate planning documents for first responders in 28 states. 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 Steve Tulip, Manhattan Market President, Capital One 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.”

Ballard Spahr opened its New York office in July 2013 when it joined forces with Stillman & Friedman, a Manhattan litigation boutique. Lawyers in that office focus on white collar criminal defense, municipal securities litigation and enforcement, civil litigation, appellate work, and consumer financial services regulation and litigation.

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