News & Updates
The 2nd Annual Spokane WA Vets Will Clinic event was held on October 12, 2013, at Gonzaga University School of Law.
The Clinic provided FREE estate planning documents to 149 veterans of the US Armed Forces, and featured other veterans services included the Red Cross, Army OneSource and US Department of Veterans Affairs.
All of this was made possible by our volunteers, including 36 attorneys, 15 notaries, 47 law students and other members of the public.
In addition, the Clinic received overwhelming support from the Spokane community through generous donations from Pepsi Beverages Co., The Wake Up Call - Fine Coffee & Espresso, Garco Construction, and the law firms of Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C. and Witherspoon Kelley.
Gonzaga University School of Law ran a feature about the success of this year's Clinic, which can be found ath teh following link: LINK
The WA Vets Will Clinic looks forward to our next event!
Spokane's Spokesman Review newspaper recently highlighted the WA Vets Will Clinic. The full article can be accessed at:
The WA Vets Will Clinic was recently featured on the Market Watch webpage of The Wall Street Journal.
View the article at the following link:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/free-estate-planning-documents-for-veterans-national-guard-and-reserve-members-sponsored-in-part-by-army-onesource-2013-07-18
The Second Annual WA Vets Will Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Gonzaga University School of Law.
Visit the "Sign Up" page to be notified when registration opens!
On October 13, 2012, the first ever WA Vets Will Clinic was held at Gonzaga University School of Law.
The Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with partners from Army OneSource, Gonzaga University School of Law, Red Cross - Inland Northwest Region, Vet Center, and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, provided free estate planning documents to nearly 90 veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
The first legal aid clinic of it's kind in Washington State, the WA Vets Will Clinic was formed in May of 2012 as a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, veterans' service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. Months of careful planning and coordination came to a head on October 13. Over 23 attorney volunteers were on hand, along with students from Gonzaga University School of Law, notaries, and other community volunteers, donating their time and skills for the benefit of veteran recipients.
Although the WA Vets Will Clinic plans on holding its event at Gonzaga University School of Law annually, no date has been formally announced for the next Clinic. Veterans looking to receive free estate planning documents should visit www.WAVetsWillClinic.com and sign up to receive notices of future Clinics. The WA Vets Will Clinic is also looking at expanding into other areas of Washington, including Western Washington. Veterans who wish to be notified of events in their area should also sign up via the WA Vets Will Clinic webpage.
The WA Vets Will Clinic would also like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of the October 13, 2012, Clinic: Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C., Garco Construction, Inc., Orange Legal Technologies, Pepsi Beverages Co., The Wake Up Call - Fine Coffee & Espresso.
Washington Veterans to Receive Free Estate Planning Thanks to GU Law School Efforts, Community Initiative
(reposted from: Gonzaga News Service)
Up to 65 Percent of Americans Lack Basic Estate Plans
SPOKANE, Wash. – An effort by the Spokane County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, in cooperation with Army OneSource, the Gonzaga University School of Law, the American Red Cross, the Spokane Vet Center, and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, will provide free estate planning for local veterans, starting Oct. 13.
A 2009 survey by Harris Interactive found that 65 percent of Americans lack even the most basic estate planning documents. At a base cost starting at $500-$1,000, these important legal directives have been out of reach for many people.
Jacob Brennan, chair of the WA Vets Will Clinic, said unprecedented collaboration between the local legal community and educational, government, and civic organizations have made it possible to provide free estate planning documents to U.S. military veterans.
“The first event of its kind in Washington, the clinic is aimed at providing wills, power of attorneys, and health care directives to those that would otherwise not have access to this type of free legal aid,” Brennan said. In addition to the completely free estate planning services, numerous veterans’ organizations will be available at the clinic to offer services.
“We will be at the WA Vets Will Clinic as a ready resource for vets who would like to talk to us there, or at any time,” said Eliseo Dumlao, a counselor for the Spokane Veterans Center who will be available along with four other veterans’ service agencies.
Veterans must make an appointment to participate in the WA Vets Will Clinic. Proof of Washington state residency and proof of military service (a DD214 form) are required. Appointments may be made by visiting the following website: or by calling (509) 326-3330 ext. 202.
Volunteer opportunities are available for both attorneys and non-attorneys wishing to help. Attorney volunteers will receive a free Continuing Legal Education training class. Those wishing to volunteer may register with the WA Vets Will Clinic online.