The magic number will be 150 on Saturday, Sept. 14, when the Durham office of Manning Fulton hosts a North Carolina Bar Foundation Wills for Heroes clinic. The event is being held in conjunction with Durham 150, the city’s ongoing sesquicentennial celebration, and more than 150 free estate planning documents will be prepared.

Dozens of Manning Fulton attorneys and additional volunteers, including notary publics, will participate in the event.

“As part of the sesquicentennial celebration, the firm is pleased, in partnership with the North Carolina Bar Foundation, to provide for Durham first responders and their families at least 150 legacy planning documents, including wills, health care powers of attorney and powers of attorney,” said Barry Mann, Manning Fulton’s managing partner.

“It is a unique need that we felt well-positioned to fill as a natural, service-focused response to the call for celebration, and particularly appropriate in the wake of the tragic explosion earlier this year, after which the community of Durham rallied together to serve those affected by the blast and to celebrate the heroism of those who risked their lives to contain the danger.”

The firm, he added, opened its office in downtown Durham in 2015, but has served families throughout the Triangle since 1955.

“Our attorneys have lived and worked in Durham for decades,” Mann said, “and all have been on the front lines of the city’s growth and change, both personally and professionally. We have always invested in the communities in which we live and work, and this program is just the latest opportunity we have found to give back.”

Wills for Heroes provides free estate planning documents to the heroes of our communities – law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their peers who protect and serve the citizens of this state as first responders. The program was established in following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed the lives of hundreds of first responders, many of whom did not have wills.

The NCBA Young Lawyers Division adopted Wills for Heroes as its signature project and conducted its first clinic in 2007. Wills for Heroes is now conducted through the North Carolina Bar Foundation under the direction of NCBF Pro Bono Staff Attorney Nihad Mansour. If you have questions regarding the Wills for Heroes program, please contact Nihad at 919-677-9875 or via email at [email protected].