Free will preparation

A nonprofit Birmingham law firm will prepare wills free of charge for those who qualify. {}Legal Services Alabama will do this at three libraries in the Magic City. {}The first is today, August 28, 2014, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the downtown library.

Here are the qualifications:

  • Birmingham resident
  • $34,200 for a single person
  • $39,050 or less for a family of two
  • $43,950 or less for a family of three
  • $48,800 or less for a family of four
  • {}For those 60 and over who cannot meet these requirements, the law firm may still be able to help.

Here are the other times and locations for the free will preparation:

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Avenue North, 9 AM-1 PM

Thursday, October 23, 2014East Lake Library, #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd. 9 AM-1 PM

"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."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.''According to a news release from Chanda Temple, 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.