The Campaign for Southern Equality, the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association and Wake Forest University OUTLaw are hosting an Estate Planning for Equality event from 10am to 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Worrell Professional Center. NCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair, Michael Wells, created the project because he saw a legal need in this segment of the population. Greensboro lawyers Jillian Brevorka and Collin Cooper organized, promoted and implemented the project. Their talents, abilities and hard work are what is going to make this a successful project. Equality North Carolina is also a sponsor of the event.
Estate Planning for Equality addresses the underserved needs of the LGBTQ community by providing advice and drafting free wills, health care powers of attorney, and durable powers of attorney for all qualifying couples and individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, according to Stephen Frost, president of Wake Forest Law’s OUTLaw, which is the organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied law students at the law school.
Liz Vennum, OUTLaw’s community outreach chair, says, “While we in North Carolina celebrate the recent federal ruling that same-sex marriage is recognized in our state, we can’t ignore the fact that LGBT people have suffered and continue to suffer discrimination and bias in their everyday lives. Many may not be able to afford to protect their families and themselves by hiring a lawyer to draft a will. Our goal with Community Law Workshops is to empower the LGBT community and give people tools to protect their legal rights. We are proud to offer this workshop that will protect the rights of LGBT individuals to have their wishes honored with respect to their estate and their health care.”
The event is free and open to the public but an appointment is necessary. Participants must be a resident of North Carolina.
In order to register, contact Vennum at epforequality [at] gmail.com or 336/448-4261.
“The event tends to fill up quickly and appointments are on a first come, first serve basis so do not delay in signing up,” Frost added.
Once registered, participants will be emailed a questionnaire and event explanation.
The following items are necessary for each participant to bring to their appointment:
1. Driver’s license AND
2. Completed questionnaire
Once finalized, the documents are signed, witnessed and notarized. “On average, it takes about an hour to complete the estate planning documents,” Frost said.
Questions concerning appointments should be directed to Vennum at epforequality [at] gmail.com or by calling 336/448-4261.
Learn more about OUTLaw and its efforts HERE.