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MH370: Forty-Five day rule can now allow lawyers to step in

Lawyers Approach Families Of Missing MH370 Passengers
An object here, a signal here, some might call these leads. But the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned up nothing. And after a month and a half, relatives of those passengers are still waiting for answers.

Nearly two months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished, there's still no sign of it and no answers as to how or why it disappeared. The hunt for the plane and the black boxes continues.

The fear ... losing hope. Families of the passengers are upset that Malaysian authorities are offering to issue death certificates and final payouts without any proof of what's happened.

According to The Malaysian Insider, "The inconsistent data and information fed to the families had caused a lot of confusion and anger. This is why it is hard for them to believe the information and data presented to them even though it is the truth."

One of the family members hopefully told CBC, "We couldn't find it in the sea, we couldn't find it on land, it's only logical that they're alive."

But now that those death certificates will be issued, The Independent says it, "... could pave the way for potential lawsuits against the airline."

According to ABC, American lawyers are already looking to profit.

"They told me that a lawyer came to him and said, 'You can get a million dollars if the plane was confirmed as crashed. And you have to let us do it... Sign something so we can do it for you.'"

Some law firms like The Lambert Firm argue, families facing heartbreak and grieving, shouldn't have to face the hardships of excessive damages and a complicated legal field on their own.

On the other hand, The Christian Science Monitor reports relatives aren't ready to think about these options. "... what we want is not money but our relatives back. They haven't found the plane yet. Without the truth and a real conclusion, how can we start a lawsuit?"

But authorities have no idea where flight 370 disappeared. Malaysian Airlines has promised support for the families of the passengers on board.

"It has been an extremely difficult and trying period for the families ... We remain committed to provide families with verified information when it becomes available."

But CNN reports authorities have essentially dropped the ball when it comes to communication.

On Monday, relatives sat in a conference room in Kuala Lumpur, waiting for a briefing from Malaysian technical experts. But turns out, there would be no meeting. Emotions boiled over, with relatives yelling, sobbing, and even cursing.

"We don't know at this point whether they're alive or dead. You haven't given us any direct proof wherever they are. We want our loved ones back."

The search for wreckage continues, but as of Tuesday a tropical cyclone grounded planes that were expected to fly across the Indian Ocean.

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