Why Does an IP Attorney Volunteer at a Free Senior Legal Clinic?

By George Leavell, Esq.

It wasn’t because these seniors needed help with their patent applications! I enjoyed the opportunity to help a couple of local seniors address their estate plans at the recent CCLS Senior Legal Clinic in Merced. My two clients had “modest” estates. They had questions. They had concerns. They wanted to make sure their heirs understood what was needed and what they wanted. They were genuinely concerned about what will happen when they pass from this mortal realm. They wanted to make sure their passing caused the least amount of disruption to their family’s lives. But they did not know … what they did not know. They needed a little professional guidance and help. Sure, their issues were relatively simple and not very challenging, professionally. But… It was FUN to help them! It was GRATIFYING to be able to allay some of their doubts and fears! The BEST part, was the relief and smiles on their faces that “someone” heard their concerns and was willing and able to help them! Giving them a reason to smile is one of the best parts of being an attorney. The knowledge and opportunity to help someone else is a great combination! It is good for your psyche. I challenge you to help make the world just a little better place!

George Leavell is a California intellectual property attorney in Dos Palos, California and the Treasurer of the Merced County Bar Association. Re-printed courtesy of the MCBA Newsletter, March 2017.