Friday, October 30, 2009

Wills on Wheels Paralegal Volunteer Receives NFPA Pro Bono Award

When I saw this feature article about Denver, Colorado paralegal Beth Wilkins receiving the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Pro Bono award this year, I was enormously proud of her representation of the paralegal profession – and very impressed that her sister, Ruth Heide, turned out to be the author of the excellent piece.

The Denver resident was nominated for the award because of her extensive volunteer work with the Wills on Wheels program. Every year she devotes many hours of her own time to assist senior citizens and others who cannot afford legal services.

“Beth is a generous and committed paralegal who provides a valuable service to the low-income elderly population in the metro area,” wrote Karen Lundgrin, Benson & Case. “I am very proud of her devotion and commitment to Wills on Wheels.”

Wilkins currently works for The Harris Law Firm in Denver, and specializes in family law. She also received The Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award.

Through Wills on Wheels, Beth Wilkins has visited many homebound seniors whose incomes were at the federal poverty level and would not have been able to afford estate planning (wills and medical directives) assistance otherwise. Traveling well beyond the Denver metro area, she has logged literally hundreds of miles at her own expense to visit the elderly in nursing care facilities and low-income apartment complexes. She has also presented educational programs in many senior facilities.

The NFPA pro bono award includes a $1,000 donation to the charity of her choice.

Congratulations - and many thanks - to Beth Wilkins for her outstanding professionalism and service to her community.

Source: The Valley Courier

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