Greenberg Traurig Donates Services for Holocaust Survivor Estate Preparation Clinics
. The first clinic was held Sunday, May 15 at the Goodman Jewish Family Service Center in Plantation.
Greenberg Traurig lawyers from the Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Miami are offering pro bono legal services and helping the Holocaust survivors prepare estate preparation documents, including wills, healthcare advance instructions, and resilient powers of attorney. The occasion, arranged by Fort Lauderdale Trusts & Estates Shareholder Parker F. Taylor, belongs to an ongoing program of centers for Holocaust survivors that the firm continues to host throughout South Florida.
In keeping with Greenberg Traurig’s enduring dedication to giving back to the neighborhood, we are proud to offer pro bono estate preparation clinics to assist a few of our neighborhood s most vulnerable members Holocaust survivors, Taylor stated. There is a severe need to assist aging Holocaust survivors assemble the important legal files they need to legitimately secure their estates and we are happy to provide our legal support.
Other Greenberg Traurig lawyers participating in the program consist of: Miami Trusts & Estates Associate Benjamin Babcock, Fort Lauderdale Tax Associate Jared S. Baumwell, Fort Lauderdale Trusts & Estates Resident Attorney Eun K. Chan, Fort Lauderdale Corporate & Securities Resident Attorney Elizaveta E. Ivanova, Fort Lauderdale Litigation Shareholder Sara Levy, Boca Raton Litigation Shareholder and Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services Board Member Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Fort Lauderdale Litigation Associate Richard B. Rosengarten and Fort Lauderdale Litigation Shareholder Caran Rothchild.
Goodman JFS is extremely grateful for Greenberg Traurig’s assistance, assisting to satisfy the needs of the survivors in the neighborhood during this stage in their life, said Elizabeth Sumpf, accredited medical social worker with Goodman JFS. Without the assistance of Greenberg Traurig we would be unable to help survivors complete their end of life instructions and guarantee their desires are carried out after they are gone.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services is happy to support this center and we thank the Greenberg Traurig attorneys for donating their time to our clients, stated Danielle Hartman, President & CEO of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.
In addition to the estate preparation center, Greenberg Traurig has actually hosted other pro bono clinics over the last few years for Holocaust survivors. Between 2008 and 2010, more than 40 Greenberg Traurig lawyers from six workplaces provided legal services to more than 100 Holocaust survivors, allowing them to start getting reparations from the German government. It’s approximated that there are close to 130,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S. and 30 percent are living at or below the poverty line which is three times the poverty rate for many older Americans.
Organizations in South Florida thinking about scheduling Holocaust Survivor Estate Planning Clinics with Greenberg Traurig must contact Dawn R. Wolf, Pro Bono Coordinator, at 202-530-8545 or wolfda(at) gtlaw.com.