VIDEO: A special event was held on Saturday to provide free wills for firefighters, police and all other first responders.
The Pro Bono Committee of the Cincinnati Paralegal Association held “Remember: Wills For First Responders," an event where volunteer lawyers and paralegals came together to provide wills, living wills, and health care proxies to first responders and their spouses free of charge.
“Wills for Heroes” was started by a Cincinnati paralegal shortly after 9/11. “I wanted to start this up so their families would be taken care of,” said Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler.
A few years ago, Judge Winkler re-energized the program after overseeing several high profile cases in his courtroom where first responders did not leave behind a will for their families, Judge Winkler told FOX19NOW’s Deborah Linz.
“It’s going to be a lot more expensive for the family, it adds to the tragedy if you don’t have a will,” Judge Winkler said.
Over 90 wills were drafted for free on Saturday.