No, you do not need an attorney to file a VCF claim, and there is no priority given to claims submitted by an attorney over those without an attorney. We evaluate all claims following the same guidelines and calculate all awards using the same methodology, regardless of whether an attorney is assisting with the claim. We have a number of resources available to assist individuals with filing a claim, including a toll-free Helpline with bilingual representatives, and interpreters available for any language. The Helpline can answer questions about the claims process, help you fill out the claim form, and explain the supporting documents you must submit with your claim. You can call for general information, or you can make an appointment to work with a Helpline representative to complete and submit your claim. If you decide to hire an attorney to help you with your claim, the law limits the fee the attorney may charge you. Attorneys are not allowed to charge more than 10% of the amount of your VCF award.