As COVID-19 cases mount in Arkansas, healthcare workers are undertaking heroic efforts to contain the disease. In the process, their health and safety are in jeopardy. As lawyers, we cannot directly assist in the fight against COVID-19. However, we can at least help offer peace of mind to those who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis by ensuring they have basic health and financial planning documents.
The Pulaski County Bar Association, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, and Arkansas Access to Justice are partnering to offer free planning document preparation to nursing home and hospital staff in Central Arkansas. Eligible clients will be paired with volunteer attorneys who have agreed to participate in limited-scope engagements to help their clients address such issues as: “If I were to get quarantined, who will be authorized to care for my child?”; or “If I become incapacitated, who will be able to make financial decisions for me?” Attorneys will be asked to prepare up to four types of documents, including a durable power of attorney, a durable power of attorney for healthcare, a power of attorney for minor, and an advance healthcare directive. Volunteers will not be asked or expected to prepare wills.
Consistent with current social distancing protocols, no in-person consultations will be necessary; they will be handled remotely. If you are interested in helping, please register as a volunteer by clicking the “Volunteer” button below. Volunteers will be notified when they are matched with a client. The matching process will begin on April 27th and will last until May 11th.