Created to serve those who put their lives on the line in the service of their country and local communities, Baylor Law’s Estate Planning Clinic provides free, basic estate planning for veterans and first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians) and their spouses living in and around McLennan County.
Staffed by Baylor Law students under the supervision of clinic director Josh Borderud and guided by Professor Thomas Featherston, students gain valuable, real-world experience helping clients arrange for the transfer of their assets to their heirs through the creation of wills and other legal documents. As cases are assigned, students meet with clients, draft wills, and serve as witnesses at the will execution ceremony. Additionally, clinic staff prepares powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, directives to physicians, and declarations of guardian.
Part of a year-round effort, the Estate Planning Clinic connects regularly with local veterans each month, while providing special outreach to first responders each spring. In addition, Baylor Law hosts an annual, one-day, free Estate Planning Clinic for veterans each November. For those cases whose complexities fall outside the realm of the Clinic, Baylor Law helps refer clients to local attorneys.
Open to 2L and 3L students who have successfully completed Trusts & Estates and have earned the recommendation of faculty, the Clinic offers aspiring transactional lawyers hands-on exposure to the very kinds of cases they will be handling in practice. At the same time, they see firsthand the impact of their efforts on the lives of the heroic men and women who serve us all.
For more information, please contact clinic director Joshua G. Borderud.