Posted: March 25th, 2014 | By: Elizabeth Dalrymple
Wake Forest Law students will return to the Pembroke office of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) to serve area clients at a free Wills Clinic on Saturday, April 5. Although LANC receives a grant to prepare advance directives for local residents, demand in the past few years has exceeded Pembroke office resources, according to Wake Forest Law Outreach Director Beth Hopkins.
“As a result, Wake Forest Law students have been invited to work at the Wills Clinic to receive hands-on experience and earn pro bono hours,” she said.
Under the supervision of LANC Staff Attorney Dale Deese, twelve law students will meet with clients and aid in drafting simple wills and advance directive documents for low-income clients living in Robeson County. Those seeking free legal aid are contacted directly by LANC to arrange appointments.
The Wills Clinic has been held for the past four years, and Aurora Stierwald (’13), the Estate Planning Project Coordinator for the Pro Bono Project, who attended the Pembroke Wills Clinic as a first-year law student, wanted to ensure it would run again.
“I think it’s a very rewarding experience for everyone involved,” Stierwald said. “The students are able to utilize what they have learned in law school and also gain the practical experience that’s so important to a legal career. Legal Aid also really appreciates Wake Forest Law students driving two-and-a-half hours to Pembroke to help with these legal documents because they have more clients than they do resources.”
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a non-profit, statewide law firm that provides free legal services to low-income citizens. The Winston-Salem office assists in civil, non-criminal matters to eligible clients who request help with basic legal needs.
Visit the Legal Aid of North Carolina website for more information.