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"Make A Will" Clinic a Success

Friday, May 14, 2010

  • Janna Skiniotes
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.

On Saturday, April 24, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. participated in a community-wide effort to help prepare simple wills and provide will and probate advice to clients.

Through special funding from Area Agencies on Aging, Legal Aid serves seniors through its Senior Law Project.  Legal Aid provides free legal advice, counseling, and community education for seniors 60 years of age or older.  Held at Langston University’s Oklahoma City Campus, “Make A Will Saturday” proved to be a huge success as 80 wills, 64 advanced directives, $100,000 in services and 200 hours of services were provided.  More than 100 people and 11 different area churches participated.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma’s Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Ammon and Cindy Goble, Pro Bono Coordinator, were both there to help organize and run the event.  Legal Aid’s Mike Duggan, Rich Goralewicz, Neil Lynn and Walter Suttle were all there to provide their legal expertise along with members of the Association of Black Lawyers.

Many clients who had more complicated issues were referred to members of Association of Black Lawyers, a co-sponsor.  There were 17 attorneys and 2 licensed legal interns, 6 notaries, 12 witnesses, and other administrative service volunteers present.


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