Bond Claim FAQ

If you are reporting a bond claim, please contact our Bond Claims Department at 314-965-3333 or 800-843-2277, or via e-mail.

Is there anyone I can talk to if I have a question about the claims process?

Our Bond Claims Department will be happy to speak with you to answer any questions you may have regarding the claims process. Please contact Teresa Niederwimmer at 314-965-3333 x107 or 800-843-2277.

Should I notify The Bar Plan if an estate brings a claim against my client?

If an estate brings a claim against your client, you should contact our Bond Claims Department immediately. The Bar Plan typically receives notice of claims from the Court; however, it is best to contact us directly. Once The Bar Plan learns of a claim, we can assist you in reducing or eliminating your client’s liability to the estate.

How do I make a claim on an appeal bond filed for the benefit of my client?

Contact our Bond Claims Department at 314-965-3333 or 800-843-2277, or via e-mail. In most cases, if the appellate process has fully concluded, payment will be made directly into the registry of the court that heard the underlying matter.  Typically, payment cannot be released directly to you or your client, nor can The Bar Plan assign a letter of credit or other collateral to you or your client.

What resources does The Bar Plan provide if an estate brings a claim against my client?

If an estate brings a claim against your client, contact the Bond Claims Department at 314-965-3333 or 800-843-2277, or via e-mail.  The Bar Plan can assist in the defense to help reduce or eliminate your client’s liability to the estate.  It is in The Bar Plan’s best interest to reduce your client’s liability.  No liability against your client means no liability for The Bar Plan.  Please be aware that The Bar Plan’s interests may ultimately become adverse to your client’s interests if your client is found liable to the estate.

Does The Bar Plan offer any risk management services for principals or their attorneys?

The Bar Plan periodically offers CLE in probate procedures and attorney malpractice as it relates to probate, trust and estate practice. We also provide guidelines for your clients on their duties as a fiduciary. Our Bond Claims Department will be happy to speak with you about any aspect of the bonding process. Please check back periodically for upcoming events.