Baylor Law Offers Free Wills for First Responders

April 26, 2022

Baylor Law Offers Free Wills for First Responders

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For the fifth straight year, Baylor Law’s Legal Clinics will honor the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of McLennan County’s law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services. During May, Baylor Law’s Estate Planning Clinic will offer free wills and simple estate planning to police, firefighters, EMTs, and their spouses living or working in McLennan County. In addition to a will, simple estate planning services include a power of attorney, medical power of attorney, declaration of guardian, and directive to physicians.

The Estate Planning Clinic will be setting appointments for personalized estate planning sessions during May. First responders or their spouses can call 254-710-4244 or email to schedule a consultation beginning on Monday, April 25, 2022. Space is limited to the first 30 respondents.

After the initial appointment, law students will draft the documents under the supervision of Professors Josh Borderud and Tom Featherston. First responders will sign these essential papers at a signing ceremony at Baylor Law a few weeks later.

“It is an absolute honor for Baylor Law to serve our local first responders who tirelessly work the front lines and risk their own safety to care for others in our communities,” noted Dean Brad Toben. “Baylor Law has a deep appreciation for first responders’ services. This clinic is a tangible way for us to thank them for putting their lives on the line for us every day.”

Josh Borderud, Baylor Law’s Director of the Estate Planning Clinic, noted, “Our students look forward to this event every year and are eager to be able to give back to our local first responders.” He added, “Our students gain valuable hands-on experience in drafting documents, and our local first responders have peace of mind knowing that their estate planning is in order.”

May 4 marks International Firefighters Day, May 8-14 is National Police Week, and May 15-21 is National EMS Week.

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PHONE: 254-710-6681

Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,600 living alumni. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law boasts among its notable alumni two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court, and members of the Texas Legislature. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2. The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best School for Practical Training” and No. 4 in the nation in its most recent “Best Law School Facilities” listing. Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since its inception in 1984. Learn more at

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