Wills for Heroes program helps 27 Harford first responders and their families

The Aegis

Attorneys from the Harford County Bar Foundation, Harford County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee provided estate planning advice and documents to 27 first responders and their spouses at the Wills for Heroes event held Saturday at the Harford County Department of Emergency Services in Hickory.

First responders from the Department of Emergency Services, Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, Baltimore City Fire Department and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office were provided with free wills, Maryland Statutory Form Personal Financial Powers of Attorney and Maryland Advanced Directives.

These documents will help protect them and their families in the event of a serious injury or death, said Elizabeth H. Thompson, an associate attorney with Stark and Keenan, P.A. in Bel Air, who has organized Wills for Heroes the past two years.

“It’s a real pleasure helping our first responders and knowing that once they leave the event, they have everything in order to protect them and their families should they be seriously injured,” Thompson said in an emailed statement Monday.

Thompson and four other attorneys from Harford County, and five others from Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery counties participated in the event and provided the necessary documents and information to the first responders and their families.

“We have to thank all of the participating attorneys for volunteering their time,” Thompson said. “Some of them travel a good distance to do so.”

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