V.I.P. (Very Important Papers) Program
In the event of sickness, a period of incapacity, or death in any family, the personal information of the stricken family member becomes very important. After a death, sickness or incapacity of a family member, loved ones often are uncertain as to how to handle the affairs of the ill. Failure to prepare for death or incapacity can be devastating for those who are left to care for the stricken family member. In 1995, The Young Lawyers' Division of the Cumberland County Bar Association recognized that many members of the Cumberland County community did not have their Very Important Papers in order. Very Important Papers were defined as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys and Advanced Directives for Healthcare.
In adopting a program utilized by the Allegheny County Bar Association, the members of The Young Lawyers' Committee established the Very Important Papers (V.I.P.) program in Cumberland County. Members of the YLD volunteer their time to attend meetings at local churches, senior and community centers, and assisted living homes to discuss the importance of being prepared in the event of sickness, incapacity, or death. The YLD members stress the importance of having a Last Will and Testament, a Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive for Healthcare. The VIP Program, though not regularly administered today, is available for interested seniors.