Guam Bar Association to provide free assistance to families of deceased war claimants

Guam Bar Association VP Atty. Minakshi Hemlani with board member Atty. Jay Arriola help set up the GBA legal services table for war claimants at the Hakubotan war claims processing center. (Contributed photo)

The Guam Bar Association has announced that its members will provide pro bono services at the War Claims Processing Center to help families of deceased claimants who are in need of probate assistance after receiving letters of acknowledgment or decision letters from the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

According to project chairman Atty. Jay Arriola, volunteer attorneys will be on-site at the old Hakubotan building in Tamuning starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Attorneys will provide basic consultations and assist in completing any necessary affidavits or related documents necessary for the distribution of estates under $75,000. Free notary services are also available from the Guam Election Commission.

“The GBA is committed to providing pro bono services to our island people. We have partnered with other organizations on different Pro Bono Projects. This collaboration with the Government of Guam to assist the heirs of deceased war claimants furthers our mission to improve the administration of justice,” said Jacqueline T. Terlaje, GBA President.

Surviving heirs of deceased claimants who wish to receive pro bono services will be required to execute a waiver and release, and must also bring the following:

1. Valid/Unexpired Government Issued Identification or Passport
2. Claim/Decision Letter from the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
3. Death Certificate of Claimant
4. List of Names and Birthdates of all Heirs of the Deceased Claimant
5. A copy of the Claimant’s Last Will, if any