Claire Carrabba and Nikki Marie Oliveira, co-chairs of the Public Service Committee, have been working with Lynn Girton, the Pro Bono Director of Veterans Legal Services (“VLS”), in order to establish a volunteer project to assist homeless and low-income veterans with basic estate planning needs. In order to qualify for services, the veteran must generally have an income below 200% of the federal poverty level. Many of the veterans require assistance in obtaining a Will and other estate planning documents, such as Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies. No specialized knowledge of veterans’ law or benefits is needed to help VLS clients. VLS is able to offer malpractice insurance to those attorneys who provide pro bono assistance to VLS clients.
Lynn Girton is looking for 15 volunteers to get the pro bono project started and she anticipates having a few cases available in the next month. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please fill out the sign-up sheet (click here) and return it to Nikki Marie Oliveira at [email protected]