The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic has announced that for the ninth consecutive year, it will offer free estate planning for veterans and their spouses in Central Texas to commemorate Veterans Day. Space is limited and is available by appointment only from Monday, November 2, through Friday November 6, 2020. The free estate planning clinic is made possible by a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
There are over 19,000 Veterans in Central Texas, many of whom would benefit from legal guidance with end-of-life decision making, including making long-term healthcare decisions and effectively planning for future financial needs, but are unable to afford legal counsel. To meet this need, Baylor Law is once again hosting its annual Veterans Day Estate Planning Clinic, providing pro bono estate planning aid for local veterans and their spouses. “It is an honor to serve our veterans,” stated Clinic Director Josh Borderud, adding, “many of our student volunteers are themselves veterans, or are family members of veterans, and they wish to use their legal training to serve those who have served our country.”
During this year’s clinic, the telephonic intake appointments will cover the five documents to be drafted by the clinic: will, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to physicians. Second and third year law students will then draft the documents with two levels of attorney supervision, culminating in a socially-distanced, in-person signing ceremony few weeks later at Baylor Law.
While Baylor Law's Veterans Day Estate Planning Clinic is an annual event, serving veterans and their spouses is a year-round mission for Baylor Law students. The Baylor Law Veterans Clinic provides pro bono legal advice to military veterans and their spouses at monthly legal clinics held at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop in Waco. At the clinics, Baylor Law faculty, staff, and students work together with local lawyers to serve the tens of thousands of veterans residing in McLennan County and its surrounding counties, many of whom cannot afford to hire an attorney. These clinics also help instill a culture of community and service in Baylor Law students: the desire to use their legal training to help others. During the 2019-2020 school year, a total of 30 students volunteered at six monthly legal advice clinics and 16 weekly legal advice clinics, which served 257 veterans and their spouses. In addition, A total of 29 students drafted 66 wills for veterans, first responders, and their spouses.
Veterans who are interested in the Estate Planning Clinic should call (254) 710-4244 or email LegalClinics@baylor.edu to schedule their appointment.
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