OneMain Financial and Ballard Spahr provide free estate planning to first responders


First responders are the hometown heroes who keep us safe. On November 9, lawyers from OneMain Financial and Ballard Spahr will say “thank you” by sponsoring a Wills for Heroes program where first responders from Maryland and Pennsylvania can receive free wills and other estate planning documents.

The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy, 415 Maxwell Frye Road in Millersville, and more than 60 appointments already have been made. The Wills for Heroes program was established shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The program provides free wills, living wills, and health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.

“Ballard Spahr is honored to participate with OneMain Financial on this important project,” said Christopher J. Willis, a litigation partner in the Consumer Financial Services Group and Mortgage Banking Group in Ballard Spahr’s Atlanta office. “First responders make tremendous sacrifices in serving their communities, and this program enables us to express our appreciation by giving back to them.”

Since the program’s inception, volunteer lawyers nationwide have prepared more than 10,000 estate planning documents for first responders. The first responders complete an estate planning questionnaire before they arrive at the event. Lawyers use those forms to prepare the documents, which are then executed and notarized on the spot. The process takes about an hour per person.

“Sharing a likeminded vision with Ballard Spahr, OneMain Financial is helping make the neighborhoods where we do business better places to live and work,” said Mary McDowell, president and CEO of OneMain Financial and CitiFinancial North America. “We have a strong tradition of supporting local and national organizations such as Wills for Heroes, and as we celebrate our 100th anniversary OneMain Financial is particularly excited to join this effort and provide these much needed services to our local first responders.”

About OneMain Financial
OneMain Financial provides personalized loan solutions and one-on-one, local service at 1,200 branches nationwide. With a 100-year heritage of helping people realize their financial goals and dreams, their employees are part of the communities where they live and work. OneMain Financial works with each customer to find a solution that best fits their needs and budget, offering a straightforward loan application with fixed rates and clear terms.

About Ballard Spahr
Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 13 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge.

Source: Ballard Spahr LLP

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