HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A local law firm is offering free simple wills, durable powers of attorney, and living wills to all veterans, active service members, first responders and local healthcare workers from Veterans Day 2020 through Thanksgiving weekend.
McCutcheon & Hamner's Wills for Warriors program, which started in 2018, added healthcare workers to the list of people they'll serve in 2020.
Fellow partner Joel Hamner explained, "This year, in challenging ways we could not have foreseen, our local healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters, and EMTs, along with members of our armed services, have tirelessly answered the call to protect and serve. We admire their dedication to do so without thought for their own safety. Offering our services to these worthy individuals and families is our way of expressing our gratitude for their years of service.”
Veterans, active military personnel, first responders, healthcare workers, and their family members can go to www.willsforwarriors.com for more information.
According to the website, the program started in 2018 to thank first responders, including active and retired military, police officers, firefighters, and EMTs, for their service. In the wake of COVID-19, McCutcheon & Hamner added health care providers to the list of front line heroes and their families the firm will support with basic legal documents.
The law firm explains the documents available:
Simple Wills - A document in which a person specifies the method to be applied in the management and distribution of his estate after his or her death.
Durable Power of Attorney - A written document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person to act as an agent on his or her behalf, thus conferring authority on the agent to perform certain acts or functions on behalf of the principal.
Living Will (also called an Advance Directive) - A written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions about medical treatment to be administered when the patient is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; also called an advance directive.