The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, in partnership with Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. and PILI, is hosting free legal clinics in May in the Quad Cities area to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities prepare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Pro bono attorneys are helping clients determine:
- How they would want to be treated if they had a serious accident
- Who would make decisions for them if they are unable to due to serious illness
- What their wishes are about medical treatment if they are ill
Volunteer attorneys in the Quad Cities attended a complimentary CLE program and training on Tuesday, April 28th. The first clinics were held yesterday in East Moline and Rock Island, and were a tremendous success. Twenty-two seniors and persons with disabilities received Living Wills, Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Powers of Attorney for Property. Services were provided by 8 paralegals and 20 attorneys.
The next clinics will be offered on Monday, May 11th, in Milan and Rock Island.
The Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee is a group of lawyers and judges working to enlist, educate and recognize attorneys dedicated to pro bono work in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. The ultimate goal is to expand the reach of legal aid to poor and underrepresented communities. It was launched on February 28, 2012 in partnership with Prairie State Legal Services, and the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).