Brooklyn, NY asked in Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for New York

Q: My son won a lawsuit.The money was placed in a bank account til he's18.he's 17 wants a car.will court release money befo

My son was injured in an Indoor skate park.

My son won the case and was awarded money that was placed into a bank account until he turns 18. My son will be 17 next month ,he has a drivers permit and will go for his license or junior license (I honestly don't know how that goes)

He wants a starter car to get to school and work

Will the judge release money for a car?

I spoke to the lawyer who represented my son . I told him I want to ask the court to release some of the money to repair my sons tooth that's broke , to pay for his football gear/equipment as he's on the schools football team and to pay for equipment for his hobby as he loves music and making beats/songs.

How long does it take for the court o decide if they'll release any money?

Do they usually release money before the child turns 18?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Barry Eran Janay

Answered
  • Juvenile Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You need to carefully review the Infant Compromise Order and then determine what expenses the amount awarded before he reaches the age of the majority. If the custodian of the funds (usually you the parent) cannot access the funds beforehand for these purposes you may need to contact a guardian or trustee that has been appointed by the court. You may also need to seek a modified Order, but in reality the easiest and most cost effective thing to do would be to just give your son a loan that he can repay from the award once the funds are accessible in approx. 1 year.

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