Fire Victim Trust

Frequently Asked Questions


Attorney Representation


142. Do I need a lawyer to represent me?

No, you do not need a lawyer to submit your claims to the Fire Victim Trust. If you are a Fire Victim (or are assisting a Fire Victim) who is not represented by a lawyer, the Trust may be able to offer assistance to you. You may contact the Claims Administrator by phone (1-888-664-1152) or email (info@firevictimtrust.com) for assistance with submitting your claims if you do not have a lawyer; however, the Trust will not be providing any legal advice to you.


143. What is a Pro Se Liaison?

The Fire Victim Trust has created a team of Pro Se Liaisons, comprised of law students, to provide free claims filing assistance to people representing themselves in submitting Fire Victim Claims. Pro Se Liaisons cannot assist with civil, criminal, bankruptcy, habeas, appeals, or any state cases, and they cannot provide representation in court or find an attorney to represent you.


144. Where did the Claims Administrator get information about my lawyer?

The Claims Administrator examined the Notice Party data from Question 4 of the Proof of Claim Form to identify the lawyer who filed the claim.


145. Can I terminate my relationship with my lawyer?

You must contact your lawyer to discuss this. The Trust cannot give you legal advice.


146. How do I tell the Claims Administrator that I have a new lawyer?

You and your new lawyer must complete the Update Attorney Representation Form available here. Follow the instructions included in the form and then email a completed version to info@firevictimtrust.com.


147. How do I tell the Claims Administrator that I do not have a lawyer?

You must complete the Update Attorney Representation Form available here. Follow the instructions included in the form and then email a completed version to info@firevictimtrust.com.


148. How can I add a Claimant to my Law Firm Portal?

The Fire Victim Trust relied on the Notice Party data from Question 4 of the Proof of Claim Form to identify the Claimants that appear on your Portal.

 

If the Proof of Claim form for the Claimant shows your firm in Question 4 or as a signatory to the form, we will update our data and move the Claimant to your Portal. Send an email to info@firevictimtrust.com identifying the Proof of Claim Number appearing on the Prime Clerk Bankruptcy register (here) and requesting that we move this claim to your Portal.

 

If the Proof of Claim Form does not show your firm as counsel, you and the firm that does appear on the Proof of Claim form must complete the Update Attorney Representation Form available here. Follow the instructions included in the form and then email a completed version to info@firevictimtrust.com.

 

If more than one household presents the same Prior and New Law Firms, you can complete a single Update Attorney Representation Form and attach Exhibit A to the Attorney Representation Form, which is available on your Portal.


149. How can I remove a Claimant from my Law Firm Portal?

If your firm does not appear on the Proof of Claim form filed with Prime Clerk, send an email to info@firevictimtrust.com identifying the Claimant and we will remove the Claimant from your Portal after confirming that your firm does not appear on the Proof of Claim form.

 

If your firm does appear on the Proof of Claim form, you must complete the Update Attorney Representation Form, which is available on your Portal.


150. How will the Trust evaluate attorneys’ fee requests made pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 1036?

If you are making a fee application pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 1036, please note that the Trust will be advised by the principles set out in the following cases as well as Rule 1.5 of the California Rules of Professional Conduct:

 

  • Aetna Life & Casualty Co. v. City of Los Angeles, 170 Cal. App. 3d 865 (1985).
  • Salton Bay Marina, Inc. v. Imperial Irrigation Dist., 172 Cal. App. 3d 914 (1985).
  • Andre v. City of West Sacramento, 92 Cal. App. 4th 532 (2001).
  • Pacific Shores Property Owners Assn. v. Department of Fish & Wildlife, 244 Cal. App. 4th 12 (2016).
  • Greater Westchester Homeowners Assn. v. City of Los Angeles, 26 Cal. 3d 86 (1979).


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