About the 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).

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.


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.


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.


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)