A team of legal professionals will visit Missoula on Thursday, April 19, to help people 60 and older complete important estate planning documents at no charge. This legal document clinic will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks Street.
It is estimated that only 45 percent of Americans have completed wills. Many also lack durable power of attorney documents appointing who they wish to make medical or financial decisions for them should they be unable to do so themselves. Not having these important safeguards in place leaves seniors vulnerable and places stress upon family and friends when a crisis happens or a loved one dies.
Clinic participants can complete these and other estate planning documents. Participants will leave with notarized documents, copies of original documents and instructions about what to do with each.
Last year, similar legal clinics in seven Montana communities helped participants complete 959 documents and saved them an estimated $595,000 in legal costs. The program also utilizes one-on-one phone clinics to help seniors in some of Montana’s remotest areas.
People 60 and older on limited incomes can participate in the free legal document clinic. The deadline for registration is Thursday, April 12. Contact Katy Lovell at 406-444-7787 or 800-332-2272 to register. Space is limited and advance registration is required.