Press Release - Detail
Contact: Chanda Temple, Director of Public Relations
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 444-9279 (cell)
Free Wills to be Prepared at Birmingham Public Libraries This Fall
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (Aug. 27, 2014) – Legal Services Alabama, a nonprofit law firm in Birmingham, will prepare wills at three Birmingham libraries in the coming months. The first wills clinic will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown library, 2100 Park Place. It will be held in Arrington Auditorium.
To qualify for a free will, a person must be a Birmingham resident and must fall into one of the required income areas: under $34,200 for a single person; $39,050 or less for a family of two; $43,950 or less for a family of three; or $48,800 or less for a family of four. For those unable to meet the income requirements but are over 60 years old, the law firm may still be able to help.
Free will preparations will also be offered:
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 - North Birmingham Library, 2501 – 31st Ave. North, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - East Lake Library, #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
"Basically, we think everybody should have a will. If you have parents or kids, you should have a will,'' said Dru Clark, an attorney with Legal Services Alabama. Those also in need of a will should be anyone: owning a home, with a bank account, with elderly parents, with dependents with special needs, or without close relatives but interested in leaving items to a friend.
"The goal of the wills clinic is to raise awareness of how easy it is to get a will done. It's not a painful experience,'' Clark said. "There's a stigma associated with a will - that you will die tomorrow. But that's not the case. Having a will is just good planning.''
Those needing help with what to do with a loved one's estate may also seek help during the clinics. The service is part of “Preserving the Wealth of Our Communities Project (PWOCP),” which is made possible because of Birmingham Mayor William Bell's RISE initiative. The RISE initiative is an effort to strengthen neighborhoods, eliminate blight and increase property values. The program is also for low-to-moderate income property owners and senior citizens of Birmingham.
An intake form, a flyer about the clinic and a brochure about wills are attached. For more information, call Dru Clark at 205-328-3540, ext. 3508.