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Residents receive free legal services during Free Wills Clinic

Published: 04/25/14 4:23PM
By: booner

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Attorney Hurl Taylor(R) discusses legal affairs with Eunice L. Richard during the Free Wills Clinic at Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center April 22.

More than 26 local residents took advantage of legal services offered during the Free Wills Clinic on April 22. The purpose of the clinic, held at FVSU’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center, is to provide clients with complete estate planning documents to protect assets such as homes and land.

Keishon Thomas, FVSU’s housing specialist, said the clinic was a success because more than 82 documents, wills and powers of attorney were completed. She said this allows assets to be secured from one generation to the next. Macon residents Richard and Gloria Jackson were thrilled that FVSU provided the service. “This is something that my daughter won’t have to do,” Gloria said. She also said that if she or her husband were to pass, the surviving spouse will have the legal documents to proceed.

The Free Wills Clinic offered through FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program began in 2010. Through the free clinics, clients have completed more than 460 wills, power of attorney and health care documents.  The clinic is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Additional clinics are scheduled to be held later this year. For more information about will and estate planning workshops, contact Kendra McNeal at 478-825-6580 or send an e-mail to fvsulife@fvsu.edu.