Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition to Host Wills Clinic for Service Members and Veterans

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Coalition establishes first free wills clinic as Alaska National Guard experiences uptick in small-scale deployments.

Alaska – Forget Me Not Coalition for Service members, Veterans and their Families

“Today’s Veterans and Service members have a number of legal needs, many of which go unmet due to the inability to afford an attorney. Wills and estate planning are no exception, said Maggie Humm, supervising attorney for Alaska Legal Services Corporation

The legal partners of the Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition are hosting the first free wills clinic for all Service members and eligible Veterans on Seward’s Day, March 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m at the local Veteran Affairs Clinic located at 1201 North Muldoon Road. Through volunteers of the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, eligible Veterans have a unique opportunity to prepare a will for free by these legal experts. Interested Service members will have the same opportunity provided by the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) office.

The Military Wills Clinic is the first clinic to offer free will preparation for Service members and Veterans in Alaska. The event is timely as the Alaska National Guard is experiencing an uptick in small-scale deployments. According to Maggie Humm, supervising attorney for Alaska Legal Services Corporation, “Today’s Veterans and Service members have a number of legal needs, many of which go unmet due to the inability to afford an attorney. Wills and estate planning are no exception. Without a will, state law governs how property will be allocated after an individual’s death. When these laws do not coincide with the Veteran’s wishes or intentions – which happens all too frequently – survivors and heirs may be forced to endure uncertainty as to their property rights and even drawn out legal battles.”

All those interested in attending the free wills clinic must register in advance by emailing Anchorage(at)alsc-law.org or calling 907-222-4501. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements or hold a Department of Defense ID card. For those who meet the criteria, all branches of Service and retirement statuses are welcome to attend.

The Military Wills Clinic is made possible by the Alaska Forget Me Not Coalition, including Army OneSource, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, VA Justice Outreach and the JBER JAG.

For more information or to register, call 907-222-4501 or email Anchorage(at)alsc-law.org.

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