Wills for Heroes volunteers Graham Whittington (left), third year law student at UNC Law School, and Dawn Lane, partner at Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog LLP in Raleigh (right), pictured with firefighter Bryan Pendleton and family (middle) at Wills for Heroes Clinic, October 6, 2018.


Chapel Hill firefighter Bryan Pendleton and his family recently spent a Saturday morning with North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division attorney volunteers reviewing and finalizing essential life-planning documents. First responders like Pendleton provide a critical service in our communities by answering calls for emergency assistance. Through the Wills for Heroes program, volunteer attorneys prepare free wills, health care powers of attorney and general powers of attorney for North Carolina’s emergency services workers and their families. It’s how they honor those who put their lives on the line every day to protect the public.

The Wills for Heroes program is a national program adopted by the North Carolina Bar Foundation in partnership with the NCBA YLD.

“Service is an integral part of being a lawyer,” says YLD Chair Rachel Blunk. “When we cultivate a culture of service, we shape our profession and our communities in a positive way.”

Last year, with the help of 146 volunteer attorneys, the Wills for Heroes program successfully completed 481 legal documents at three clinics held in Guilford, Orange, and Haywood counties.

“I enjoy working with this program because it makes me feel good to give back to those who sacrifice so much to help others in the community. I think it is very important to continue funding these clinics because, all too often, these individuals are very young and just starting families and may not have the income necessary to pay to get these important documents in place.” 
Dawn Lane, Wills for Heroes volunteer

The NC Bar Foundation, with the help of NCBA YLD volunteers, aims to expand the Wills for Heroes program this year by adding additional clinics across the state in order to serve the nearly 50,000 first responders serving in North Carolina: your gift to the NCBF Annual Fund makes it possible.

For upcoming clinics and more information about Wills for Heroes, contact Nihad Mansour, pro bono staff attorney.

More content about Wills for Heroes:  Wills For Heroes: Volunteers Provide Security, Peace Of Mind For First Responders.