Creative Will Drafting


Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us, our volunteers are still making a difference in the lives of low-income clients. Protecting against the virus has caused attorneys to be more creative with how they help and advocate for those in need.

In Mid-April, a 91-year-old army veteran named Robert called CVLS for help with estate planning and advance directives. Volunteer Crystal Caison conducted the interview over the phone, noting how knowledgeable and articulate Robert was despite his age. Robert told Crystal that he reads three newspapers daily to stay sharp and that the Wall Street Journal is his favorite one. It’s Crystal’s  favorite paper too.

In less than a week, Crystal drafted the necessary paperwork and coordinated with our clinic at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church to safely arrange for execution of the documents. Crystal, two witnesses, and the client met at the parish office with everyone wearing masks, using disposable pens, and keeping a safe distance from one another.

The client and his nephew expressed their gratitude for getting the documents executed in a safe manner and in such a short turnaround time. According to Crystal, it was an absolute pleasure to work with this client. She was grateful that he provided her with the opportunity to execute her motto:

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”

Shirley Chisholm

Crystal Caison, Circuit Court of Cook County
Crystal Caison, Circuit Court of Cook County
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