Thank you for your interest in our Power of Attorney Clinics! This is a pro-bono clinic that we conduct to help low-income applicants complete advance planning documents. Specifically we help applicants complete a medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, living will, and declaration of dispositions of last remains. These documents ensure that applicants can avoid costly guardianship proceedings, make their desires known in the event that they cannot express them in the future, and select a trusted family member or friend to be their agent.
The Power of Attorney Clinic is an easy way to volunteer, meet your pro-bono goal, gain practical experience, and make a meaningful impact for low-income seniors in need of advanced planning documents. It is a micro-volunteer opportunity which only requires a couple of hours for each clinic. Volunteers will only be asked to provide limited scope help and, as with all our programs, they will be covered by MVL’s malpractice insurance.
The POA Clinic is done in two parts, a presentation and a workshop. The first part is a presentation conducted by MVL meant to educate the applicants about what a POA is and why it is important. Also at the presentation, we sign the interested applicants up for an appointment to meet with an attorney at the workshop.
The second part is a workshop where we bring in volunteer attorneys to meet with the applicants one-on-one and complete the necessary documents. MVL provides form documents, and the workshop allows the attorney and the applicant to complete any combination of the advance planning documents they wish. At the end of the day the applicant leaves with signed, witnessed, and notarized documents.