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Attorneys to provide free legal services at FVSU

Date Published: 04/03/14 10:36AM

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Free legal services will be offered to residents of Fort Valley and surrounding areas on April 22.

This opportunity is provided through Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Service at the Free Wills Clinic. The clinic will be held at FVSU’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center, 46 Camp John Hope Road in Fort Valley from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Four attorneys will be on site to draft simple wills, advance healthcare directives and power of attorney documents to registered participants. Openings are limited and pre-registration is required by April 18.

Keishon Thomas, FVSU’s housing specialist, said the purpose of the clinic is to provide clients with complete estate planning documents to protect assets such as homes and land. She said if someone dies without a will, the state will make the final decisions regarding that estate.

“Estate planning documents also ensure the wishes of the deceased are honored, thereby making it easier for the family,” Thomas said.

Since 2010, the Free Wills Clinic has provided more than 392 wills, power of attorney and health care documents for clients. The clinic is part of the Landowners Initiative for Forestry Education (L.I.F.E.) program and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

To pre-register, or for more information, contact Kendra McNeal at 478-825-6580 or send an e-mail to fvsulife@fvsu.edu.