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Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.
(888) 780-8637
(888) 780-8682- Spanish
Eligible Victims
All September 11th attack victims and their families.
Assistance Offered
Free legal assistance to victims pursuing claims under the Victim Compensation Fund.

September 11th Pro Bono Legal Relief Project
(202) 663-9115
Eligible Victims
Pentagon attack victims and their families.
Assistance Offered
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
(212) 382-4760
Eligible Victims
Families of WTC attack victims.
Assistance Offered
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
(866) 689-4357
Eligible Victims
Family members of individuals currently missing at the WTC.
Assistance Offered
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
Eligible Victims
WTC attacks victims and their families.
Assistance Offered
Central location for providing services to victims and their families.

New Jersey Family Advocate Program
(877) 688-5268
Eligible Victims
New Jersey WTC victims and their families.
Assistance Offered
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
Eligible Victims
Massachusetts victims and their families
Assistance Offered
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

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