Blog Posts: Spring Break 2013 (Western, Wills)

The Town Wins!

After helping 22 clients create an amazing 57 legal documents today in the Avery County Senior Center, the Western Wills Trip enjoyed a fantastic early dinner at Dunn's Deli in Banner Elk. Despite numerous distractions (eagles, shaggy sheepdog, lost beagles, a GPS named Karen with a mind of her own) the three SUVs managed to make it back to the cabin. Not together, or following the same path, or necessarily using roads, but back!

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1 Comment | Posted by Charlotte R. Stewart on Tue. March 12, 2013 11:16 PM
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Reflections Confession

After enjoying our delicious dinner at Mellow Mushroom and driving up the foggy, spaghetti-winded road we finally arrived to the cabin. We changed out of attorney-like attire and gathered in the game room for reflections.

Our first day in Boone, NC was comprised of orientation and helping our first clients. We tossed around a beach ball with reflections questions written on it, like “Was today what you expected?” and “What did you learn about yourself in client interviews?”

Overall, everyone was excited to be on the Spring Break Pro Bono trip. The consensus among the group was that meeting with the clients was not as difficult as we had expected. Moreover, we realized that creating the wills was not as challenging as we had originally though. Many members of the group enjoyed having helped someone plan for their future and leave with a legally executed document, which the client needed. Day One presented no frustrations and everyone was happy to have helped our first clients in Western North Carolina. We ended our reflection session in high spirits by writing down two goals for Day Two!

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No Comments | Posted by Leslie Puzo on Tue. March 12, 2013 12:25 PM
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Making Connections

The most fulfilling part of the trip so far was sitting down with our first client. My teammate and I, though confident about our abilities to converse and go through the drafting process, I think we were both nervous about how we would be received. A few minutes into our conversation I realized how relaxed the atmosphere was, our clients demeanor softened and she completely opened up to us. I was so glad that we were able to achieve her goals, but I was most pleased with the fact that this woman trusted us and opened up to us about her life outside of the drafting. By the end of our meeting, I felt like I had made a real connection with our client and that meant a lot to me. I'm looking forward to making more connections as the trip progresses; with our clients, with my teammates and with our supervising attorneys.

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No Comments | Posted by Dana L. Messinger on Tue. March 12, 2013 10:27 AM
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"I can't see the yellow lines!"

After a very successful first day doing wills (24 documents drafted!), we had dinner at the Mellow Mushroom in Boone. It turns out that eating dinner a little early was definitely a good idea - on the way to the cabin, we drove through fog so thick that we couldn't see the lines on the road. In the dark. In the rain. The drivers decided (wisely) to stay inside for the night instead of going to find a grocery store, and we ate breakfast at the McDonald's in Newland.

We're just now getting settled in for our second day of the clinic, this time at the Avery Senior Center. It looks like we're going to be very busy day!

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No Comments | Posted by Nathan R. Creger (Nate) on Tue. March 12, 2013 9:32 AM
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We made it!

We arrived in Boone ahead of schedule, despite a much needed breakfast stop at Bojangles outside of Greensboro. I found it odd that Dylan had never been to Bojangles before. Our first location was Legal Aid of Boone where we met the project leaders and received a brief re-orientation about the Living Will, Will, POA, and HCPOA. We spent this time reviewing the difference between these documents and those that the Eastern Pro Bono group is writing this week. My attention was focused on learning the healthcare-specific terms and determining how to explain the language to a layperson as I was executing the documents.

After some lunch from Panera we made it to the senior center. Document writing is off and running and I’m now watching my peers hard at work. My awesome partner Gabby is the tech guru so we’re going to be drafting later this afternoon after she sets up our printing station. Very excited to begin helping the seniors here at the center!

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No Comments | Posted by Douglas J. DeBaugh (Doug) on Mon. March 11, 2013 2:50 PM
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