Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.
(888) 780-8682- Spanish
All September 11th attack victims and their families.
Free legal assistance to victims pursuing claims under the Victim Compensation Fund.
September 11th Pro Bono Legal Relief Project
Pentagon attack victims and their families.
Free legal assistance not relating to claims against the Airlines or the government.
Surrogate Courts Assistance Project of the City Bar Fund September 11th Legal Relief Initiative
Families of WTC attack victims.
Free legal assistance on how to become a Personal Representative. All other issues are referred to Trial Lawyers Care (see above).
WTC Death Affidavit Information
Family members of individuals currently missing at the WTC.
Information about the process, or discussions with volunteer lawyers about beginning the process.
NYC Family Assistance Center
(866)-689-4357 (September 11th Support Hotline)
575 Lexington Avenue (at 51st Street), 11th Floor, call 212-350-4000 for an appointment
WTC attacks victims and their families.
Central location for providing services to victims and their families.
New Jersey Family Advocate Program
New Jersey WTC victims and their families.
Caseworkers help families obtain financial, legal and counseling, information and referrals.
Boston Bar Association
Contact – Paul Dullea, Public Service Director, 617-742-0615, extension 308
Massachusetts victims and their families
Boston Bar Association attorneys who specialize in trust and estate law will provide free legal help. Some of the services available include initial consultations, assistance obtaining death certificates, assistance obtaining death benefits, probate administration, estate tax assistance, preparing estate plans for surviving family members, and financial planning.
Client / Attorney Dispute(s) Resolution
The Victim Compensation Fund and the Special Master cannot resolve disputes between claimants and their attorneys.
The Air Transportation Safety and System Act (Public Law 107 – 42) does not provide for payment of legal or other
fees by the Fund, and the regulations do not impose any limits on the types or amount of the fees that claimants may
pay their attorneys or others providing assistance.
Claimants can file grievances against attorneys by filing complaints with their state bar association. Associations
typically have a standing ethics or a discipline / grievance committee to hear the grievance and resolve it in a way that
is fair to both the claimant and the attorney.
Links for state bar associations for some key victim states are listed below.
State Bar of California
Connecticut Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
Maryland State Bar Association
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers,
Office of the Bar Counsel
New Jersey State Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Virginia State Bar