NU Online News Service, Oct. 5, 3:29 p.m. – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants says that it has created a network of CPA volunteers across the nation to provide pro-bono financial counseling to survivors of the Sept. 11 attack as well as to victims and their families.

Hundreds of CPAs with a demonstrated knowledge of financial planning matters have volunteered their services, and more are expected to sign up to help with the financial planning issues that survivors and families will face in the aftermath of the attack, Anthony Pugliese, vice president of member innovationfor the AICPA, says.

Volunteers will provide those in need with free consultation services to show them how to get started on their road to recovery, Pugliese says. Among issues that victims or families may need to address are whether they have enough money to make it through the next few weeks or months; how to apply for life insurance policies and benefits; settling estates; and tax planning.

Further information can be obtained by calling the AICPA at 877-CPA-4ALL (877-272-4255) between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM eastern time or by accessing the organization on the Web at http://www.CPA4ALL.org

CPAs wishing to volunteer may contact the AICPA via email at cpa4all@aicpa.org.