To honor local veterans, Baylor Law students will offer, for the 10th consecutive year, free estate planning for veterans and their spouses as part of Baylor Law´s Veterans Day commemorations. During this year's clinic, phone appointments will be set to give veterans an overview of the five documents that will be drafted free of charge: will, power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to physicians. Law students will then draft these important documents under faculty supervision. Veterans and their spouses will then be invited to Baylor Law for an in-person signing ceremony. This special service is made possible in part through a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
Appointments are available from Monday, November 1, through Friday, November 5, 2021. The clinic is open to veterans and their spouses who currently reside in McLennan County or any adjacent county.
McLennan County and its surrounding counties are home to more than 75,000 military veterans, 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 for local veterans and their spouses. "It is a privilege for our faculty, staff, and students to serve those who served our country," stated clinic director Josh Borderud, who added, "our students refine their estate planning skills during the clinic, and they are honored to use their legal training to serve those have sacrificed so much for our country."
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 veterans residing in McLennan County and its surrounding counties, many of whom cannot afford to hire an attorney. These clinics also help strengthen a culture of service in Baylor Law students: the desire to use their legal training to help others. In the past year, a total of 27 students volunteered at legal advice clinics, which served 111 veterans and their spouses. In addition, A total of 24 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.
Baylor Law will also participate in a special luncheon hosted by the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association on Friday, November 5, for local attorneys to hear more about McLennan County’s groundbreaking Veterans Treatment Court. Attorneys can contact www.wacobar.net for more information.
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