Advance Directive Clinic Project

The Advance Directive Clinic Project provides Civil Clinic students an opportunity to venture into greater Nebraska and provide free estate planning services to senior citizens in need.

The mission of the Advance Directive Clinic Project (ADC) is two-fold: to provide free, basic estate planning services to senior citizens, and to provide Clinic students an opportunity to build competency in client communication and interaction, legal problem solving, and drafting and executing common estate planning documents.  From start to finish, the intake, drafting and execution of the documents takes approximately four weeks, concluding with a visit to the selected Senior Center to meet with the clients and execute the documents.  Through the project, student attorneys have provided estate planning services to seniors across the State of Nebraska, including clinics held in Beatrice, Hastings, North Platte, Scottsbluff, Columbus, Fremont, Omaha, Cozad, Bellevue, Mullen and Lewellen.

Each semester, up to 5 students in the Civil Clinic are selected to participate in the Project.  The concept of the ADC is to pre-draft, and then execute on-site, one or more of the following documents: a simple will, a durable power of attorney instrument, a health care power of attorney instrument, and a living will.  Each ADC student is typically assigned 3 to 6 clients. 

The availability and location of future ADCs will be announced in local media and at local Senior Centers.