Lawyers volunteer to give free wills to first responders

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - First responders and police put their lives on the line every day to protect the public. Now volunteer attorneys are giving back to help them.

"Our job as officers and first responders in general, you aren't guaranteed to work your next shift, you aren't guaranteed to come home that night," Lauren Mulkey Glover said.

Glover lost her husband, Louis Mulkey in the Sofa Super Store tragedy of 2007. Since then, she remarried, she's earned her law degree, and she became a police investigator with the Charleston Police Department. She partnered with Nelson Mullins Law firm for the "Wills for Heroes" program, to help first responders write up a simple will.

The lawyers say having a will takes out any question of a person's wishes, when it comes to dividing their assets or estate. They say the document will speak for that person, when that person is no longer able to speak for themselves.

"None of us are guaranteed tomorrow but for these men and women, the danger of their job, necessitates having a will and taking control, even as they are young, they don't think anything could happen to them," attorney Dow Davidson said.

Paramedic Amanda Lanphere says her husband is a police officer, and they want to be sure their one year old daughter is set in case the worst happens.

"I talked to my husband who said, 'I don't want to talk about death and dying.' but it's something we see all the time. I would rather be prepared now and not be worried about it," Lanphere said.
The wills were witnessed and notarized right there in the office, and the heroes got to bring them home.

The lawyers helped nearly 50 first responders or law enforcement officers write up their wills.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, nearly 170 police officers died in the line of duty last year nationwide. The US Fire Administration says the number of on-duty firefighter fatalities was 83.

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