For many of the families of first responders who died on 9/11, the tragedy was compounded by the revelation that 80 to 90 percent of them didn’t have wills or estate plans. An attorney in South Carolina wanted to change that, so he founded the Wills for Heroes Foundation.
When Minnesota became the fifth state to start using the program, Andrea Bischoff signed on to help. Today she lives a double life. By day she is an application support specialist at Maslon LLP. By night, weekends and anytime she has a spare moment, she is the program director for the Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program.
She coordinates attorneys who visit police, emergency medical personnel and fire departments throughout the Twin Cities and draw up power-of-attorney documents, health care directives, estate plans and wills.
“It’s an awesome thing to develop these relationships,” she said. “I have made a difference.”
Bischoff works primarily on her off time but credits her bosses at the firm for giving her any on-the-clock support she needs.
“They have been huge supporters,” she said. “Nothing but good comes from this program.”