Washington County's First 'Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year' Awardees Bowman and Rundquist Honored Oct. 29, 2012
Attorneys Rebecca A. Bowman and David E. Rundquist Jr. are the recipients of the Washington County Bar Association's inaugural "Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year" award. The attorneys were selected by the bar association's Pro Bono and Lawyer Referral Services Committee for their outstanding contributions of legal services through organized pro bono programs to the indigent of Washington County. Find out more.
WCBA Lawyer Referral Service Brochure, Posted March 2011
WCBA Modest Means Brochure, Posted March 2011
Washington County Pro Bono Options, 2010
County Bar Contact Information
WCBA Winter Bench Bar, Feb. 2, 2007
March 2005 County Bar Recognition Award
Washington County Lawyer Trains as Wills for Heroes Event Coordinator, October 2009
Jake Polochak, a Washington County lawyer, traveled across the commonwealth on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, to take part in the Wills for Heroes pro bono event at the Lower Merion Township Building.
Wills for Heroes provides free wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. The foundation was started in response to the tragic events of 9/11. Of the 403 first responders who died that day, most did not have a will in place. This program provides free wills and other estate planning documents to our local heroes using a program supplied free-of-charge by LexisNexis. In Pennsylvania, it is a project of the PBA Young Lawyers Division and co-sponsored by Ballard Spahr L.L.P.
Polochak worked with PBA YLD Wills for Heroes Chair Dan McKenna and a cadre of local volunteers to provide wills and other estate planning documents for 31 first responders. In addition to providing his direct pro bono service during the clinic, Polochak learned how to set up and execute clinics, becoming the first certified Wills for Heroes coordinator in southwestern Pennsylvania. Polochak's first order of business upon returning home is scheduling a Wills for Heroes event in Washington County.
Washington County was one of the first counties in Pennsylvania to affiliate itself with the national Wills for Heroes organization, and Kathy Sabol, Washington County Bar Executive, is excited that Polochak will be coordinating the local Wills for Heroes efforts. David Trevaskis, PBA pro bono coordinator, noted, "Washington County is a great leader in pro bono service of all kinds and it is in keeping with the sense of service embraced by the local bar that Jake Polochak would become the third certified local Wills for Heroes coordinator statewide."
Clients will sign-up in advance and receive a questionnaire to be completed and brought to a scheduled appointment. Data entry will be required and all participants will receive a single copy of their will. Typically one client is serviced per hour. Spouses/partners will have the option of waiving the conflict and of working with the same attorney(s) - in that case, the appointment is generally 1.5 hours.
If you have any questions about the statewide program please contact Daniel McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the program, visit the Wills for Heroes section of the PBA Web site at www.pabar.org/public/yld/Projects/willsforheroesyld.asp or visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation at www.willsforheroes.org.