Faces and Places: Wills for Heroes

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Courtesy photo Chief Charlie Williams of the Ponder Fire Department and his wife, Wonaka Williams, meet with attorney Dawnelle Thompson to review their legal documents. Paralegal Denise League provides notary assistance and paralegal Pamela Snavely serves as witness. View larger More photos Photo store

Members of the Denton County Bar Association drafted wills and other legal documents for 30 firefighters and 20 spouses Saturday during the organization's first Wills for Heroes event in Denton.

Dawnelle Thompson, assistant project attorney, said the bar association took on the project because having those documents is especially important for those who put themselves in harm's way for others' safety. Dawnelle Thompson

After announcing its intent to sponsor the program, the bar association received responses from 100 firefighters and spouses. Saturday's event allowed the group to help half of them, and another event will be planned soon to help the other 50, Thompson said.

Kristen Pannell was the lead attorney on the project, and Michelle Houston, the bar association's executive director, has been advocating for the event for a few years. Michelle Houston Kristen Pannell

The bar association estimated that the legal work done on Saturday was worth about $30,000, with the next event worth about the same.

Area sponsors who donated food and beverages included Hannah's Off the Square and Lucy's Moms on Main in Aubrey.


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