In an effort to show our appreciation for first responders and all that they do to help our community, Delaware Law, in partnership with the national Wills for Heroes Foundation, has instituted the Wills for Heroes, Delaware Program to offer free legal services for drawing up basic wills, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives.
In order for us to avail our services free-of-charge to all first responders, wills need to be “basic.” Basic services may not be appropriate for persons with large or complicated estates, or for those who want to set up special needs or sophisticated trusts: For the purposes of this program, if the value of your estate exceeds $750,000, we may not be able to accommodate you.
An estate consists of the following: your cash, personal property, stocks and bonds, real estate (the equity portion only), savings, inheritances (only if already received), retirement assets (e.g., a 401[k] or IRA account); but life insurance is not included. If you have a large or complicated estate or desire complex trust arrangements, you may not be eligible for our free basic program. Instead, you should contact a lawyer who specializes in wills and trusts.
However, if you have an existing will or other estate planning document that you want changed, modified, or updated, the Wills for Heroes volunteers will draft a new document. Therefore, you should bring any existing estate planning documents with you.
If you are aware of any legal proceeding that involves you, please alert the attorney at the beginning of your Wills for Heroes interview. Please note that no lawyer involved in this process will have performed a conflict search on your name, your children’s names, or your current or ex-spouse/partner’s names.
In advance of your appointment, a questionnaire will be provided to you. It will provide a convenient form to record your important information and will prepare you to discuss your estate plan needs with an attorney. Your discussion with the attorney will be confidential. You will keep the questionnaire at the end of your appointment.
Bring the following to your Wills for Heroes appointment: (1) your completed questionnaire; (2) your government identification/picture, as it will be required for the execution of your documents; (3) if you are giving real estate to specific beneficiary(ies), please bring a deed of trust or other document providing a legal description of the real estate; and (4), if applicable, any existing estate planning documents.