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TC Volunteer Attorney Services to hold estate planning clinic

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Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS) will hold its first estate planning clinic April 23 at 5:00 p.m. at the Tarrant County Bar Association. At the clinic, local, volunteer attorneys will meet with 19 low-income Tarrant County residents and prepare and finalize wills and other associated documents for these clients. The majority of these clients are individuals who visit the Northside, Fellowship Corner or Worth Heights Senior Centers of Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County Inc. District Court Judges Bonnie Sudderth and Judith Wells will conduct attorney orientation of all volunteer attorneys at the event. Volunteers from the Fort Worth Paralegal Association will be assisting with finalizing the wills by serving as notaries, and students from Texas Wesleyan School of Law have volunteered to act as witnesses during the will execution ceremonies at the clinic and have volunteered prior to the clinic to meet with the clients concerning the clinic. All participating individuals will be donating their time to ensure that legal services are provided to Tarrant County’s indigent population. TVAS has a family law event scheduled for August 2013 and an estate planning clinic scheduled for November 2013. It also plans to organize more events through which other types of legal services are provided to Tarrant County’s indigent population. TVAS, a Tarrant County Bar Foundation committee, was founded in 2012 to serve the Tarrant County community by connecting Tarrant County attorneys with those who cannot otherwise afford representation; to encourage participation from the legal community in pro bono legal services; and to create a program that recognizes individual attorneys, law firms and corporations in Tarrant County for their commitment to pro bono legal representation. www.tarrantbar.org  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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