9/11 widow allowed access to $1.3M awarded for daughter after husband's death

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By DAVE COLLINS
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court says a lower court was wrong to tell the widow of a World Trade Center attack victim how she could use nearly $1.3 million in Sept. 11 victim compensation funds earmarked for her daughter.

The 7-0 decision released Wednesday ends a decade-long dispute between a probate court and Carolyne Hynes, whose husband, Thomas, died in the 2001 terrorist attack.

The Weston woman was awarded $2.4 million from the fund including $1.3 million for the needs of her daughter, who was born six months after her father died.

Hynes' lawyer says the Norwalk probate court improperly ordered the $1.3 million to be placed in a guardianship account and wouldn't let her use it for expenses related to the child.

Hynes will now have control of the money.

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