Lawyers helping local authorities

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

SHERMAN, TX - Death is something most of us don't even want to think about. But one local group is helping law enforcement plan for the unexpected.

Law enforcement can be dangerous and the representatives from the Grayson County Young Lawyers Association say it's important to have plans in place in case something should happen. Saturday, they helped deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office write their wills.

The Grayson County Young Lawyers say because many people don't want to focus on the negative, they often put off making important plans. But just because you put off planning, doesn't mean you can avoid something bad from happening. The lawyers say it's better to have your wishes known than to let someone else decide what happens to you and your belongings, or even your children.

"The most important benefit of having a will is that you get to say who inherits your property and also if you have minor children, it's important that you state in your will who's going to be guardian," said local lawyer Jake Estes.

The lawyers say having a will is necessary to make sure your wishes are respected. They were happy to help out those at the sheriff's office because the service they provide to all of us on a daily basis is invaluable.

"They risk their lives everyday on the job and it's a privilege for us to give back to them because they give to us everyday, so we're really happy to do that for them," said Estes.

This was the first year the young lawyers offered this service, but say it's not going to be the last. This is first year they decided to target an agency that serves the entire county.

"The goal is to cover Grayson County and so next year we focus on another department," said Estes.

The lawyers say this year was a success and say they were excited that many people took advantage of the opportunity to plan for the future.

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  • by Sue Location: Durant on Apr 27, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    This is a wonderful service. I have heard that the GSCO offers a free will to it's employees. I wish they had done this about two months earlier. The widow of Sgt. Joe Medlin is now having to deal with what to do and how to handle the children from a previous marriage. So . . . please . . . take advantage of this free service!! It's hard enough to deal with the loss of a loved one without having to worry about who gets what.
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