Wills for Veterans initiative provides pro bono will drafting and legal services to US Military Veterans

SAN DIEGO, CA—May 23, 2018—AbacusNext®, the largest Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) provider for the professional services sector, today announced their partnership with the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for its June 1, 2018, Wills for Veterans event, co-sponsored by the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono will drafting and signing services to Baton Rouge area veterans using donated legal document generation software HotDocs, an AbacusNext product.

HotDocs software enables attorneys to accurately draft legal documents—such as a will, living will, and health care power of attorney—in a fraction of the time of traditional drafting methods, empowering Wills for Veterans to maximize its impact and help as many veterans as possible. All new volunteer attorneys are provided with training on how to use HotDocs software and become familiar with the accompanying document templates published by LexisNexis. Volunteers will access the software using laptops donated by the Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.

Sign-ups for both volunteer attorneys and veterans are well underway and project coordinator, Valerie Schexnayder of the BRBA says, “We are thrilled about this opportunity to say thank you to our local U.S. veterans by bringing together members of the Baton Rouge legal community and legal technology partners like AbacusNext for this worthwhile event.  We encourage U.S. veterans interested in this no-cost program to register as soon as possible as appointments are filling up quickly.” 

Timothy Parker, Director of Communications and Corporate Relations for AbacusNext, noted “We are proud to partner with the Federal Bar, the Baton Rouge Bar, the Louisiana State Bar and publishers like LexisNexis to support the U.S. veteran community through programs like Wills for Veterans. AbacusNext is honored be part of such a worthy cause and we plan to continue our partnerships with federal, state, and local bar associations across the country to sponsor more Wills for Veterans events in the future.”

The Wills for Veterans Event is on Friday, June 1, 9am to 5pm at the Baton Rouge Bar Association Office, located at 544 Main Street in downtown Baton Rouge, LA.  Veterans and volunteer attorneys interested in participating in the event should contact Valerie Schexnayder, at Valerie@brba.org or 225-214-5570, or Sharon Whitlow at 225-922-5110.

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About the Federal Bar Association
The Federal Bar Association consists of more than 19,000 federal lawyers, including 1,500 federal judges, who work together to promote the sound administration of justice, quality, and independence of the judiciary. Through its multifaceted programs, the FBA advocates on federal issues that impact the practice of federal lawyers and the courts; provides opportunities for scholarship and education to the profession; delivers opportunities for judges and attorneys to professionally and socially interact; and promotes high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. The mission of the Federal Bar Association includes serving not just the interests of federal judiciary and the federal practitioner, but also the interests of the community that they serve. 

About the Baton Rouge Bar Association
The Baton Rouge Bar Association has been serving the legal profession and the public for more than 88 years. With a voluntary membership of over 2400 lawyers, the Baton Rouge Bar has long held a record of being one of the most active and innovative bar associations in the United States. The membership is a cross-section of lawyers from the greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes, from solo practitioners to members of some of the largest law firms in the state. Our committees and Board of Directors represent all facets of the profession at all levels of practice and in all areas of practice.

About the Louisiana State Bar Association
The Louisiana State Bar Association assists its more than 22,000 members in the practice of law. The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law.

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