City Bar Offers Filing Help to 9/11 Families

Monday, December 08, 2003

  • Daniel Wise
  • New York Lawyer

With a filing deadline of Dec. 22 looming, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York will have some 40 attorney and paralegal volunteers available to help those impacted by the Sept. 11 terror attacks make a protective filing with the federal Victim Compensation Fund on Wednesday and next Monday, Dec. 15.

The fund's special master, Kenneth R. Feinberg, has said that applicants must submit an address and phone number as well as the victim's name in order to preserve their right to receive compensation. In the case of families submitting claims for the death of loved ones, the claims are required to be submitted by the person designated by the Surrogate's Court as the personal representative of the person killed. But an applicant who has not been designated a personal representative will be able to participate as long as they are subsequently appointed by the Surrogate's Court, a fund official said.

Volunteer lawyers said that, in the absence of a family conflict, the metropolitan area Surrogate's courts will process personal representative applications within a couple of days.

Wednesday's session will last from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and next Monday's will run from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Both will be held at the City Bar, 42 West 44th Street.