Wills for Cops

The law firms of Lawrence & AssociatesMeier & Barlow and Salyers Law Office have joined forces to provide free will preparation to Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati police officers. In conjunction with students from Chase College of Law, attorneys from these firms will help our local officers and their spouses complete, sign, and witness up-to-date wills in about a half an hour.

There are two events this year. The West Chester, Ohio event will take place on April 15th, 2017. It will be held at Lawrence & Associate’s offices at 4837 Rialto Road, Suite A, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Parking is Free. The Fort Mitchell, Kentucky event will take place on April 22nd, 2017. It will be held at Lawrence & Associate’s offices at 2500 Chamber Center Drive, Suite 300, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Parking here is free as well.

The supervising attorneys are Justin Lawrence from Lawrence & Associates, Ashley Barlow from Meier & Barlow, and Megan Salyers from Saylers Law Office. You can read more about Justin Lawrence  and Ashley Barlow by following the links.

policebadge-350Interested officers should call (859) 371-5997 by April 10, 2017. Officers and their spouses will be given a time to arrive in order to cut down on wait times, and will also be given a short questionnaire to fill out before arrival. Upon arrival, officers and spouses will meet with a trained Chase law student who will take the questionnaire and prepare the first draft of the will. The officer, student, and spouse (if applicable) will then meet with one of the supervising attorneys who will review the will, and discuss it with the officer and spouse to ensure the prepared will matches expectations. The officer and spouse will then sign the will in front of witnesses and a notary. At that point, the will is complete! We expect free coffee and donuts to be provided by local businesses.

This program is for basic, common forms of wills and is not designed to cover complicated estate planning. An example of a basic, common will is a will in which the officer and spouse leave everything to each other, and then to their children in equal shares. It is possible that some requests, such as creating a trust or structuring bequests over a period of time, will be too complicated to perform during this program. Officers requesting complicated estate planning will be asked to schedule a meeting with a supervising attorney during normal business hours, on a regular fee schedule. If you have any questions as to whether your will is covered under this program, just call us to ask!

If you’re a law student volunteer, click here for information about assisting with our Wills for Cops program.