MILFORD - Pike County Bar President, attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Trial Attorney Kelly Gaughan and attorney Elizabeth Burton will present a Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) Wills for Heroes program on Saturday, October 22nd at the Pike County Emergency Training Center in Lord's Valley.
Through Wills for Heroes, volunteer lawyers provide free estate planning, including free wills, living wills, and healthcare and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or domestic partners. First responders and veterans along with their significant other, are eligible to receive "Wills, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills" prepared at no charge and leave with prepared, signed, witnessed, and notarized documents all at once.
Appointments may be scheduled on line at www.pabar.org/wfh by entering the password PikeWFH. Appointments are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Created in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Wills for Heroes is a nonprofit organization which has prepared more than 55,000 estate planning documents for first responders in 28 states since November 2001. Thousands of first responders risked their lives to save fellow Americans, and more than 400 firefighters and police officers made the ultimate sacrifice, many without estate plans.

Over 195 last year

With the support and joint effort provided the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pike County Bar Association attorney volunteers assisted over 195 Heroes last year, including veterans and first responders, such as police, fire, ambulance and EMTs.  
President Kameen, who initiated the program in Pike County, thanked the many volunteers who make the program the success it is.
Aside from the aforementioned attorneys Gaughan, Kameen and Burton, others who donated their time included: Karen Wilshinky, David Trevaskis, Matthew Galasso, Amanda Chesar, Robert Reno, Hannah Suhr, Mark Moulton, Nick Nanovic, Tony Waldron, Christine Black and Vern Lazaroff.
Youth volunteers Paul Kameen, Elizabeth Kameen and Andrew Contreras, assisted with climbing ladders and hanging up signs on the building, placing roadside signs, assisting heroes, shredding documents, carrying cartons loaded with paper, carrying and wheeling in and out equipment, shredding documents, providing assistance as document runners, providing kitchen and serving assistance along with cleanup services.
Numerous volunteer notaries and witnesses assisted, along with Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Gabriele Miller-Wagner, all of whom donated their time to the event. Attorney Burton participated in specialized training to act as a Wills for Heroes Coordinator.  
Pike County Commissioner and veteran Rich Caridi attended the previous Wills for Heroes events in support of local heroes and thanked Kameen, Burton, Gaughan, Wilshinsky and the volunteers from the PCBA for sponsoring a great program for the community.

Grateful

Recipient Robert J. Weed, of Milford, said, “The depth of expertise and the quality of caring offered by the volunteer lawyers at the Wills for Heroes program exceeded any duty to provide legal services. These lawyers went well above that duty through their Wills For Heroes Program. To have a will and related documents is a vital responsibility which is often unrecognized until it is too late to help those left behind. This is a vital program and we truly appreciate the effort that went into making it possible.”
John Kupillas, a program participant said, “As a Vietnam veteran, my wife and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to get financial peace of mind through the Wills For Heroes program. We had the pleasure of working with attorney volunteers and friends of the veterans, Kelly Gaughan, Pike County Bar Association President Elizabeth Erickson-Kameen, Program Coordinator Beth Burton and numerous attorney volunteers at the program. I would urge all veterans and first responders to look into this important program.”
Training for volunteer attorneys occurs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Several volunteer attorneys donate their Saturday to prepare estate documents. Attorney Elizabeth Burton has participated in specialized training to act as a Wills for Heroes Coordinator for Saturday’s program. Gaughan, a previous volunteer, is donating her time again as well. In Gaughan’s words, "Our veterans and first responders do so much for us. Providing this program is one way we can show our appreciation."

How to register

To schedule an appointment for Wills for Heroes, please contact the program coordinator via email at wfh.eburton@gmail.com.
The Pike County Bar Association is the official bar association for lawyers of Pike County, Pa. To learn more, visit www.pikebar.com.