York County veterans and emergency personnel will have the opportunity to receive free help drawing up their wills.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association will hold its Wills for Heroes event at Penn State York's Lee R. Glatfelter Library at 1031 Edgecomb Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

The event is being held in York for the fifth year but for the first time will be geared toward veterans, said Mac Brillhart, attorney and York County coordinator for Wills for Heroes. Previously, the event had catered to emergency responders such as police and firefighters.

Sign up early: Brillhart said the event can accommodate up to 56 people and, for the most part, those spots have filled up in past years.

If there are spots left after veterans who want to attend sign up, emergency personnel will be able to fill in the rest of the spots, Brillhart said.

Significant others can also sign up for help making their wills, Brillhart said. And that doesn't just mean spouses, he said — girlfriends and boyfriends can sign up, too.

Everyone who signs up must fill out a questionnaire available online.

Those with an appointment will get an at least an hourlong session with a lawyer. At the end of the time, the participant will have a signed and notarized will.

The lawyers can also help those who wish to create a "living will," a document that specifies what should happen if the participant is incapacitated and unable to make medical decisions.


About 15 to 20 lawyers and the same amount of paralegals will volunteer their time to staff the event.

"I've had people say to me, 'I've just been avoiding this — it's not a happy thing, but since you guys are offering it for free, I can't pass it up,'" Brillhart said.

Anyone wishing to make an appointment can visit http://www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp to print out the questionnaire and sign up.

— Reach Sean Philip Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com.