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Arizona Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

Arizona Pro Bono General Overview: The Arizona State Bar provides pro bono services through two organizations: Lawyers on Call and Willís for Heroes.

Lawyers on Call: enables members of the public to get their legal questions answered by volunteer lawyers. The lawyers answer calls from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. The number to call is 602-258-1212. Each month, the program features a different topic of law. (See schedule below). The lawyers who volunteer for the phone bank each month are specifically trained in that area of law. For that reason questions should be limited to that monthís topic of law.

2009 Lawyers on Call Schedule

MonthTopic
July 7thForeclosures and Evictions
August 4thEmployment Law and Wrongful Termination
September 1stDivorce and Child Support
October 6th Elder Law
November 3rd Estate Planning
December 1st Bankruptcy

Willís for Heroes: provides free estate planning legal services to first responder personnel in Arizona. The volunteer attorneys will help the client establish a basic Will and powers of attorney. For large estates (over $750,000) or complicated probate matters, you will be referred to a panel of attorneys who will help you for a reduced fee.

All Arizona ďfirst responders,Ē other than enlisted and reserve military members, are eligible for this free service. It must be coordinated through their employer. Those eligible include:

  • Police officers
  • Corrections officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Paramedics

The program also offers free Wills to the emergency responderís spouse or widow/widower.

In order to take advantage of the programs services contact the Wills for Heroes team to make an appointment and set up a specific time and location for your groupís members to get free legal assistance. Information will be provided to you in advance so the people who need legal assistance will have time to gather appropriate paperwork and information. A group of attorneys will arrive at your location and work with each emergency responder to discuss his/her matter in a confidential manner. The emergency worker will sit down with a lawyer, who will ask questions and input the information into a computer. Together they will produce the appropriate legal documents at the site and have it notarized. The goal is to complete the entire process in one meeting.

The links below provide a more detailed explanation of the Wills for Heroes program as well as the Estate Planning Questionnaire. Each first responder and their spouse or partner must complete a separate Estate Planning Questionnaire form before meeting with the Wills for Heroes attorney. If you use Microsoft Word, you can type your answers in the document on-screen and then print it. Otherwise, you can print the Adobe Acrobat PDF version to fill out manually.

Estate Planning Questionnaire (Microsoft Word
Estate Planning Questionnaire (Adobe Acrobat)

For additional information on wills and trusts

Arizona Pro Bono Contacts:

State Bar of Arizona

4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-6288
Phone: 602-252-4804 (from within Maricopa County)
866-482-9227 (toll-free outside Maricopa County)
Fax: 602-271-4930

Southern Regional Office/Tucson
270 N Church Ave., Ste. 100
Tucson, Arizona 85701-2215
Phone: 520-623-9944

For more information on Lawyers on Call email the program coordinator:
rachael.myer@staff.azbar.org

For more information on Willís for Heroes and to set up an appointment for lawyers to help your group, Contact the State Bar at:
sba.wfh@azbar.org

http://www.willsforheroes.org/

Additional Information Links:
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/freehelp.cfm?id=AZ

References: Arizona State Bar