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Pro Bono Program: Probate Resource Center


About the Center

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program operates the Probate Resource Center, a walk–in clinic that provides brief services to unrepresented parties who need assistance with issues in large estate administration. The Center is open to the public on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Probate Resource Center is located in Room 319 in Building A of the Superior Court, 515 5th Street NW (Judiciary Square Metro).

Please note that due to a high demand for services, it may be necessary for the Resource Center to limit the number of customers it sees each day and close intake before 4:30 p.m. The Resource Center will, whenever possible, provide customers  who cannot be seen that day with information on other legal resources.

The Probate Resource Center is staffed with one experienced probate attorney and two other attorneys, with less experience, who can rely on the more experienced attorney for mentoring and support. Each attorney meets with individuals seeking legal assistance and provides the tools necessary to successfully complete the probate endeavor, to the extent possible through brief services.

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Volunteering

The Probate Resource Center is open to volunteer attorneys of all levels of probate experience, including experienced probate practitioners. This is a great opportunity to serve the District’s most vulnerable residents through a volunteer experience that has a finite time commitment. For attorneys with less probate experience, this is also an opportunity to learn about basic estate administration practices and procedures from more experienced practitioners.

The services provided by a volunteer attorney may include counseling customers about the probate process; working with customers to prepare the Petition for Probate and related documents; helping customers understand how property should be distributed to beneficiaries; or helping customers with the transfer of property to beneficiaries.

The time commitment requested of each attorney is sixteen hours per year, which would require staffing the Resource Center four times per year, with each session lasting approximately four hours. Training and malpractice coverage are provided to all volunteers by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.

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How to Volunteer

Volunteers are required to attend the Probate Resource Center Volunteer Training. The Probate Resource Center is located in Room 319 in Building A of the Superior Court, 515 5th Street NW (Judiciary Square Metro).

Attorneys interested in volunteering for the Probate Resource Center should fill out the Volunteer Application. If you have a question related to volunteering for the Probate Resource Center, please contact Thomas Skip Mark, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Managing Attorney.

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Staff Contact

Thomas Skip Mark
Managing Attorney
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program
1101 K Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 737-4700, ext. 3354
(202) 626-3474 (fax)

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