Paralegal students assist Wills for Heroes attorneys prepare wills for first responders
A day of assisting Wills for Heroes (WFH) lawyers prepare wills, living wills and powers of attorney for first responders gave Minnesota School of Business paralegal students an eye opening experience.
Students in Brian Craig’s online Field Preparation class experienced first responders’ needs firsthand during a class service-learning project. Working with WFH lawyers, the students learned practical tools for their future careers. They entered information from multi-page questionnaires and created wills using specialized software. They also acted as witnesses during the will preparation process.
The project took on personal meaning for one student. “I have experienced a house fire and several first responders risked their safety to save my home,” said Doreen Backhaus, student. “Some were injured in the process.”
Students learned the professional compassion needed when working with clients on a subject as delicate as preparing wills.
The Wills for Heroes Foundation works to protect the families of those who risk their lives on a daily basis. The Foundation estimates that 80-90 percent of first responders lack simple wills.