St. Louis, (Sept. 5, 2023) – On August 28, Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis (ACC STL) members volunteered their legal experience at the Veteran’s Estate Planning Clinic. With a mission to provide free legal counsel to veterans and their spouses, the team prepared simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and health care directives, all with the aim of ensuring that our nation’s heroes receive the support they deserve.
This is the second Veterans’ Estate Planning Clinic that the ACC STL members have participated in this year. Fifteen members volunteered for the clinic that was held in March.
The event was a success, thanks to the dedication of the 11 ACC STL members who went above and beyond to help underserved communities and families in the St. Louis area. Patricia Duft, Sr. Director, Legal, Medtronic, Inc., and 2023 ACC STL Pro Bono Committee Chairperson thanked Donte Tamprateep, Pro Bono committee member, who coordinated the event for ACC STL and the members for giving their time and legal expertise to help veterans and their families. ACC STL volunteers assisted 24 veterans and spouses, and produced 20 wills, 15 advanced directives, 15 healthcare POAs, 18 financial POAs and 4 beneficiary deeds.
Volunteers attended a one-hour webinar to review the estate planning package developed by the Missouri Veterans Commission. The preparation was crucial in ensuring that the team was fully equipped to provide the best possible legal counsel to those who served our country.
Overall, the ACC STL members’ efforts at the Veteran’s Estate Planning Clinic were a testament to the power of community and the importance of giving back. By preserving access to legal services for those in need, the team not only made a meaningful impact on the lives of veterans, and their families but also enriched their own lives personally and professionally.
This clinic is part of the Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) commitment to supporting Missouri veterans. Since June of 2022, the MVC program has served 622 clients and produced 2,223 documents saving Missouri veterans a little over a million dollars in in-kind services.
About the ACC STL:
The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 630 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 35-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the country by the national Association of Corporate Counsel with having received the Gold Chapter of Distinction in 2019-22. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.