Lawyers offering vets free help with legal forms

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Local attorneys are donating their time to help veterans draw up legal documents.

A free event will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center on S. Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Attorneys will help veterans or their spouses with wills, medical designation forms, or power of attorney forms. It normally costs between $300 and $700 to work with an attorney on those documents.

Like many businesses and entities who like to provide services for veterans around Veterans Day, we thought that we as lawyers could provide this service to veterans and their spouses," said Brian Lennon, a partner at law firm Warner Norcross + Judd. "And just statistically, a lot of people don't have estate planning documents. It's something you don't think about or don't want to think about. So we are hoping there are a large number of veterans and their spouses who take advantage of it."

Students from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School have volunteered to help.

People who can't make the Thursday event can still receive the free services by contacting Warner Norcross + Judd to schedule an appointment.

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