GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Legal experts helped dozens of West Michigan veterans with important paperwork for free on Thursday.
Working one-on-one with veterans, attorneys and law students helped draw up will and fill out power of attorney and medical designation forms.
The West Michigan Bar Association and Grand Rapids Veterans Bar Association teamed up to sponsor first Wills for Veterans event. Dozens of veterans and their spouses packed a conference room at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center on S. Division Avenue.
Richard Drake, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and his wife Debra learned of the event from a friend and knew they didn’t want to miss it.
“Everybody likes a free lunch, but this is probably more important,” Richard Drake said. “You can get a lunch anywhere, but you can’t get this kind of service anywhere.”
“It’s funny because this kind of thing was on our mind and when it happened it was like a gift,” he added.
Brian Lennon, a partner at Warner Norcross + Judd, was one of many legal experts volunteering his time to help local vets. He explained that his firm got calls from vets in the hospital who requested help.
“The questions themselves seem straightforward to a lawyer, but maybe not to the person who is being asked the questions,” Lennon told 24 Hour News 8.
As more and more people filed in within the first hour, Lennon said it was great to see how many area law offices sent people to help for free.
“West Michigan’s got a heart for veterans,” he said.
Lennon said everyone who was seen can receive follow-up calls from local attorneys to help with any further questions.
For more information about the service, contact Lennon at 616.752.2089.