Heyl Royster



Firm and CAT Team Up with Prairie State Legal Services


Twice a year, Heyl Royster coordinates with Caterpillar Inc. and Prairie State Legal Services to offer a Wills Clinic to lower income residents in the Peoria area. On September 16, the fall Wills Clinic was held at the Friendship House in Peoria. Seven attorneys and nine paralegals worked with clients to draft wills, healthcare powers of attorney, and property powers of attorney for 19 individuals who signed up through Prairie State. Those from Heyl Royster who assisted in the fall clinic were attorneys Timothy L. Bertschy, John M. Redlingshafer, Gregory J. Rastatter, Andrew J. Keyt, and paralegals Rachel Ford, Laura Gilmore, Megan Pfister, Dena Schorn, and Sheri Ginesi.

Many of the individuals who require a will were referred through Habitat for Humanity. Obtaining a will is a requirement for these individuals prior to closing on their Habitat for Humanity homes. Other clients are referred through various agencies including the Heart of Illinois United Way. The next Wills Clinic will take place in early 2014. Prairie State maintains a waiting list of those who are interested and meet the income guidelines.

Heyl Royster has teamed with Prairie State Legal Services on a variety of pro bono projects over the years. Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services around Illinois for low income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems and are in need of legal assistance.