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Free will, estate session set

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

The First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville will sponsor a free question-and-answer wills and estate-planning session for the community on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in the church’s library.

The seminar will cover everything from a standard will to more involved legal considerations such as endowments and bequests.

Local attorney Pat Fraley will host the session and offer her guidelines and recommendations for preparing a will, and the discussion will emphasize three key aspects: the will itself, a power of attorney and a durable power of attorney for healthcare (often referred to as a “living will”).

Lori Barnes, CPA, will also be on hand to address any tax issues and/or concerns related to estate planning.

Fraley, a Fayetteville native who refers to herself as a “country lawyer”, takes pride in focusing her law practice on the specific and unique needs of community citizens that include family law, civil matters and will preparation.

“Since I returned home to Fayetteville to open my law office after graduating from Cumberland Law School over 38 years ago, I have never increased my prices on will preparation, which I consider a service to the community,” commented Fraley. “A will is a simple act that will help surviving family and friends carry out the loved one’s final wishes, and I am pleased that First Presbyterian Church has asked me to conduct this free session for the community.”

The First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville hopes everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about what is involved in preparing a will.

The Rev. Todd Jenkins, pastor at First Presbyterian, stated, “We want to provide a friendly environment where people can speak with a professional and ask lots of questions. This session will address the needs of both young and old, and we encourage newly married couples with young families to participate so that they know how to care and provide for their children.”

“I can usually prepare one will that has the flexibility to cover all circumstances,” Fraley concluded. “A person or couple can prepare a will at an early age, and it will address their changing and future needs as they age.”

For more information, please call First Presbyterian Church at 433-1905.