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County Hall Corner: Wills for Heroes

There is an old adage that there are two things that are sure in life — death and taxes. Taxes can be avoided to a degree, but sooner or later, we all must face the Grim Reaper. It would seem that given the 100 percent certainty of this event, everyone would take the necessary preparations for it. This especially would be true of the disbursement of assets that an individual would possess.

Unfortunately, the drawing up of a will to take care of this critically important matter can be expensive. For Lycoming County military veterans and first responders, there is a special program sponsored by the Lycoming Law Association, along with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, which can help. The Wills for Heroes program is a free and easy service that provides wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney to military veterans and first responders and their spouses or partners.

Volunteer lawyers will staff the event at the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1600 Dewey Avenue, Williamsport, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23rd. Appointments for each person will last about one hour. Back to back appointments will automatically be scheduled for those bringing a spouse or significant other. Notarized legal documents will be provided to each person at the end of each appointment. Proof of affiliation or a DD214 is required at the event.

For this year’s event, online registration is open to veterans at by using the password “Lycoming.” If all time slots are not filled, registration will be opened to Lycoming County first responders, including firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians. Anyone with questions regarding the program should contact Kristine Waltz at

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