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9/11 VCF Claims for Deceased Loved Ones

In addition to working with our clients on their 9/11 personal injury-related claims, at Pitta & Baione LLP we also represent families before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (9/11 VCF) in seeking compensation on behalf of deceased loved ones. 

9/11 lawyer and survivor, Lian Kuang-Maoga works with families in obtaining the legal right to pursue and collect a 9/11 VCF award on behalf of lost loved ones. We offer this legal representation for free to our New York clients as it is a cornerstone of our main mission as a 9/11 lawyer team – to advocate for the men, women and families who were impacted, and continue to be impacted, by the events of 9/11. 

About 9/11 Claims for Deceased Loved Ones

Appointment of a Personal Representative 

VCF deceased claims may be submitted only by an authorized personal representative of the deceased. A personal representative is appointed by the court, who is authorized to take actions regarding the deceased person’s estate. Each state has laws that define the process for appointing a personal representative and the scope of their authority. In most cases, this will be the deceased’s spouse, children, grandchildren, or brothers or sisters. Once the court accepts the personal representative, it will issue Letters of Administration (if the decedent did not have a will) or Letters Testamentary (if the decedent had a will). 

Additional Documentation Requirements

The claims process for deceased loved ones is very similar to the process of filing a 9/11 personal injury claim. With the help of our 9/11 lawyer, the claimant must show that the deceased was present in a 9/11 exposure zone, and that his or her condition was certified as 9/11-related by the WTC Health Program. In addition to these requirements, there are a few additional documents the personal representative must also submit before beginning a deceased claim: 

  • The victim’s death certificate: An original, certified copy is required. The long form is preferred. 
  • Letters of Administration or Letters Testamentary: The letters must be sufficient to demonstrate to the VCF that the claimant has the authority to pursue the claim on behalf of the victim’s estate and that there are no limitations that would interfere with his or her ability to do so. 
  • Proof of the victim’s cause of death: If this is not included on the victim’s death certificate, other documents may suffice 
  • A complete claim form signature page: Must be signed by the personal representative 

About Our Holistic Approach to 9/11 Advocacy 

As proud New Yorkers, every 9/11 lawyer at our firm understands the weight that the memory of September 11th, 2001 carries. It is even more so for the men, women, children and families who have lost a loved one in the attacks that day or later due to disease and illness. Our role as your 9/11 lawyer extends beyond paperwork and deadlines. 

For our clients in New York and around the country we provide free in-house probate counsel for claims involving the estate of a deceased 9/11 victim. Our Senior Associate Lian Kuang-Maoga oversees the firm’s probate, administration, elder law, trust, and estate planning practices, which were developed to ensure we provide the legal solutions that our extended 9/11 families need to move forward. 

Our 9/11 Lawyer is Here to Help You and Your Family 

If you plan to file a VCF claim on behalf of a loved one, you should consider speaking to Senior Associate Lian Kuang-Maoga to learn about your legal options. To get started, please contact a 9/11 lawyer at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-596-1441.

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