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How do you get paid for Pro Bono Work?


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There are many who have found great reward in doing pro bono work through slow times. What about the payment? Well, the meaning of pro bono work from the American Heritage Dictionary is, ''Done without compensation for the public good.'' So there is normally not the typical remuneration for services. But doing something good for the public is a great reward and here a few of their stories.

Anthony C. Hayes is a partner for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia South Carolina. After the September 11th disaster, Anthony Hayes wanted to help. This attorney developed a legal program to help the best way he knew how to be of assistance. Anthony C. Hayes founded the ''Wills for Heroes'' program which after 9/11 has sprouted throughout the US.

Programs, ''Wills for Heroes'' began in Minnesota in 2007 and 15 other similar programs of ''Wills for Heroes'' throughout the US have developed. There are training programs available in many locations. In Minnesota the programs for attorney volunteer training and data entry volunteer training are both available. Check in your area to see in there is a ''Wills for Heroes'' group near you.

''Wills for Heroes'' was instituted to protect first responders in preparing their wills to protect themselves and their family members. To be eligible for their services a family member must be
  • Police officer
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • EMT
  • Corrections officer
  • Spouses or widow/widowers of such personnel
The non-profit organization also makes these services available to individuals who have a net worth less than $500,000.

Anthony C. Hayes’ second accomplishment in pro bono work took him to the victims of Katrina where he coordinated relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina by establishing United for Disaster Relief and S.C. Cares, local non-profit organizations devoted to the relief effort.

Who is this man that found so many ways to be of benefit to the American public? By his pro bono reputation he is described as a man who does work for the public. The founding lawyer of Wills for Heroes and United for Disaster Relief, Anthony C. Hayes was born in Emerson, New Jersey in 1968 and received his degrees from Tulane University, J.D., 1995, Mary Washington College, B.A., 1986. He has membership in South Palm Beach County and American Bar Associations; South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association. He put his law firm on the map with the best kind of advertising a firm can receive.

In conclusion, there is much remuneration for pro bono work. The families of Fireman, and Police Officers after the 9/11 disaster are touched and the gratitude of the thousands of victims after hurricane Katrina safe once again. These are all acts of selflessness and while it is a highly regarded action to be a good neighbor, it always leaves a good light on those who grew the kindness to begin the struggle to get help. That kindness is not overlooked and does not go unrewarded.


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