Wills for Seniors

kimPatricia Kim is a member of the Class of 2013 at William & Mary Law School. She graduated from Duke University in 2007 with a degree in English and worked at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in D.C. before coming to Williamsburg. Patricia spent her 1L summer at NASA’s Office of Chief Counsel in Hampton, Virginia, and her 2L summer at the Securities and Exchange Commission in D.C. She will return to D.C. this fall with her fiancé and two dogs. 

I am so sad that I did not learn about the Wills for Seniors program until my third year of law school, while I was working for the Elder Law Clinic as a student practitioner. This is a one-day event where elderly citizens in the local community (including Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, and Williamsburg) sign up in advance in order to have several types of documents drawn up for them pro bono. Clients may draw up basic wills, advance medical directives, powers of attorney, or all of the above. William & Mary Law students collaborate with Williams Mullen attorneys to gather information, fill in pro forma documents, and have them properly witnessed and notarized.

This service meets a crucial need in the local community, and clients are always so grateful to receive legal aid during this vulnerable time in their lives. Getting to know these clients never fails to remind me why I wanted to be a lawyer in the first place – to help people using skills I have acquired throughout my legal education.