I always enjoy reporting out the success of one of the State Bar of Arizona’s signature initiatives: the Lawyers on Call program, an effort made possible by a partnership with the Phoenix NBC affiliate, 12 News KPNX –TV. This is an update about the program’s final 2012 event, which was held recently.

We’re considering an article in Arizona Attorney on the value that comes from volunteer lawyers answering legal questions. I’m sure we’ll include a focus on the generous lawyers who participate in Lawyers on Call.

Here is the information from the recent show, courtesy of my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:

The following is a recap from the October 2, 2012, Lawyers On Call public service program, on the topic of estate planning, wills and trust issues.

The lawyer volunteers were:

The volunteer attorneys answered an impressive 169 calls on estate planning issues. Some of the most frequently asked questions were related to:

  • Tithing of assets
  • Estate taxes
  • How can I break my lease?
  • Effects of beneficiary designations
  • Trust administration
  • Costs associated with estate planning
  • Differences between wills and trusts
  • Living and holographic wills
  • Necessity of retaining a lawyer for estate planning

Four of the eight attorneys were first-time volunteers. Calls were consistent from 5 to 7 p.m., which led to another successful phone bank.

Lawyers On Call has helped 603 Arizonans in 2012 and more than 1,526 Arizonans in 2011. The program has helped more than 14,462 people in the eight years 12 News KPNX -TV has broadcast the program.

This was the final Lawyers on Call public service program for 2012. The 2013 schedule will be determined and released in upcoming months.