When client Donna Lewis’* mother passed away, her siblings agreed Lewis should be in charge of probating the will. A single mom unable to afford an attorney, she turned to Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham (VLB). “It was the first time for me with this process,” Lewis says. “The lawyer (Louvenia Borom) was able to explain everything and was very helpful in my understanding what needed to be done and what to expect.”
VLB has seen a growing number of clients seeking help to navigate the probate process. Volunteers assist individuals and families who cannot otherwise afford an attorney with opening and closing estates, guardianships, and adoptions.
Borom, who now works as a prosecutor in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, says it gave her a chance to lend a helping hand while trying something different. “Probate work was a new experience for me,” she says. “I was grateful that VLB allowed me to embark on this area of law. I also leaned on my mentor who was there for my when I had questions.
"The simplest, most precious gift that you can give to someone is love through actions," Borom continues. "I was happy to help—it could have been me needing a helping hand.”
Lewis adds that for her, while she and her siblings still miss their mother, she drew satisfaction from being able to take care of her estate and know it was done properly. “It brings closure,” she says, “just granting her last wishes.”
There are several ways you can help fill this important need in our community, including signing up for one of our virtual Help Desks. To volunteer, call Michelle Horn Brown at 205.623.0901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Client's name changed to protect her privacy.