As COVID-19 continues to impact Arkansas, healthcare workers like you are undertaking heroic efforts to contain the disease. As lawyers, we cannot directly assist in the fight against COVID-19. However, we may be able to help offer peace of mind by ensuring you 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 certain healthcare workers in Central Arkansas. The legal assistance we are offering is limited to addressing issues you might face if you fall seriously ill. Eligible healthcare workers will be paired with a volunteer attorney to help them address such issues as: “If I get ill, who can I legally authorize to care for my child?”; or “If I become incapacitated, can I designate someone to make financial decisions for me?” Attorneys will prepare up to four types of documents for eligible healthcare workers, including a durable power of attorney, a durable power of attorney for healthcare, a power of attorney for minor, and a living will. However, our volunteers will not prepare wills or trusts, nor will they address other legal needs you may have.
Consistent with current social distancing protocols, no in-person consultations will be necessary; they will be handled remotely. If you are a frontline healthcare worker who may need legal assistance with the documents described above, please review the FAQs below. Then, click the “Get Help” button to apply for help. If you have questions, please see the FAQs below.