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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

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Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ August 2 event at Thomas Nelson Community College to include free powers of attorney, wills, and advance medical directives for low-income veterans, as well as benefits information sessions from DVS ~


RICHMOND (June 17, 2016) - During remarks today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual Virginia state conference, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced that the next pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinic will take place August 2 in Hampton at Thomas Nelson Community College.

During the daylong event in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the Virginia State Bar (VSB), volunteer attorneys from Attorney General Herring's office and the VSB will serve low-income veterans by drafting important estate planning documents like wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives. Representatives from DVS will also hold information sessions on state and federal benefits that may be available to Virginia veterans including health benefits, disability benefits, financial services, education benefits, burial in a Virginia or United States veterans cemetery, and more.

Qualified veterans can sign up on Attorney General Herring's website, at their local DVS Benefits Services Field Office, or by completing and mailing an application to the Attorney General's office. 

"These services and documents are really important, but they can also be too expensive for a veteran who may be retired or on a fixed income as a student," said Attorney General Herring. "I got a chance to visit all four clinics back in March. We were able to serve more than 125 veterans and spouses and it was really gratifying to see the peace of mind we were able to provide these men and women who have given so selflessly to our Commonwealth and our country. This has already been a tremendously productive partnership with Veterans Services and the State Bar, and I look forward to growing the program even more in the months and years ahead."

In March, Attorney General Herring, DVS, and VSB held the first ever series of pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinics, serving more than 125 veterans and their spouses during four daylong events in Chesapeake, Richmond, Roanoke, and Annandale.

Clinics provide qualified veterans and their spouses with simple wills, powers of attorneys, and advance medical directives, including notary services, during the one hour time slots which will be filled on a "first-come, first-served basis." In order to be eligible for services, veterans and their spouses must fill out an intake questionnaire on Attorney General Herring's website or at their local Virginia Department of Veterans Services Benefits Center. Because participants must collect information and make significant decisions prior to the clinic, walkups cannot be accepted.

Additional details including qualifications and sign up links can be found here: ag.virginia.gov/index.php/veteranslegalservices.


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