IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Hancock Law Firm, PLLC is proud to partner with the Wills for Heroes Foundation to provide free estate planning services to Pinellas County’s ﬁrst responders. As a police ofﬁcer, ﬁreﬁghter, paramedic, or other ﬁrst responder, you have risked your life to assure the safety of your fellow citizens. Unfortunately, some brave heroes lose their lives in the line of duty, leaving grieving families behind. That’s why the Wills for Heroes program provides free Wills and other estate planning documents to you and your spouse.
“Wills for Heroes” and “Protecting Those Who Protect Us” are registered trademarks used under license by the Wills for Heroes Foundation Inc.
Why You Need a Will
For many ﬁrst responders, thinking about a Will is an uncomfortable reminder of the dangers of your service. Yet, if you die without a Will, generally state laws decide who receives what property from your estate. Loved ones can be left with tedious paperwork, difﬁcult decisions and ﬁnancial hardship. By having estate planning documents in place, you lay out a plan in advance. You get to decide how your property will be distributed, who will be the guardians of your children and who will settle and manage your estate. A Living Will makes decisions about your healthcare and whether to allow doctors to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in the event of a coma, terminal condition or a persistent vegetative state.
How Wills for Heroes Works
Wills for Heroes is the only pro bono (free) legal services program of its kind in the United States. The program brings volunteer lawyers directly to the ﬁrst responders and produces planning documents in about one hour. Wills for Heroes volunteers use laptop computers loaded with HotDocs® by LexisNexis®, an outstanding document assembly program speciﬁcally designed for the Wills for Heroes program.
What You Should Do To Prepare for Your Wills for Heroes Appointment
- Before your appointment, you will need to complete an estate planning questionnaire (click here to download questionnaire) . This planning tool allows you to think through and discuss a number of important decisions with your loved ones.
- When you arrive for your appointment, you will sign in, and then you will meet with a volunteer attorney who will input information from your questionnaire into the HotDocs® template.
- The attorney will review the draft estate planning documents with you to make sure you understand them and agree to the plan. Please feel free to ask any questions at this time or to seek a more thorough explanation of your estate plan if any portion of it is unclear.
- When the documents are ﬁnalized, you will sign them in the presence of on-site witnesses and a notary, so that when you leave your appointment your documents are effective immediately.
- When you take the documents home, make sure you make a copy and store the original in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box or ﬁreproof ﬁle cabinet.
For More Information/Questions
For more information about Wills for Heroes and its Pinellas county programs, visit www.hancocklawfl.com/willsforheroes or call Hancock Law Firm, PLLC at 727-222-0529.
Click to Download Required Documents (MUST be printed, COMPLETED, and brought with you to your appointment!)
Date, Time and Location
**Due to COVD-19 Precautions, dates for upcoming Wills for Heroes events are To Be Announced**
Time: 9am to 5pm (Must book an appointment below)
St. Petersburg Area Firefighters Local 747 Union Hall (note new temporary location- 13220 Belcher Rd., Ste. 5, Largo)