I am sorry to learn of this situation.
Please do keep in mind, this is a "general information forum" so I can answer general legal questions, but I cannot give you specific legal advice or instruction.
Based on reading your conversation above, it appears that you have just entered into the first steps of litigation (I know that $20,000.00+ of legal fees seems like a lot, but civil litigation is very expensive). I don't know what type of agreement your attorney has made (they don't have any authority to actually enter into a settlement on your behalf), but if you aren't confident with your lawyer, you have every right to find a new one.
But, before you go lawyer shopping (it is expensive and it makes it hard to litigate a matter if you are constantly shifting counsel), start by sitting down and talking to your attorney.
- I do agree, fraud is very hard to prove - even if the fraud is apparent to you, it is hard to prove in court (this is true for many reasons, most importantly the rules of evidence).
- However, just because fraud is hard to prove doesn't mean that it cannot be alleged, litigated, and used as leverage to achieve a settlement position that you want.
- One thing I note in your brief post above that would be very concerning to me as your attorney is that you apparently signed many documents without reading them. This makes it very difficult to litigate your matter, as there is a presumption that individuals have read documents that they signed.
Speak with your attorney though - come up with a strategy to resolve this matter (there appears to be a large sum of money, some properties, and the control of the trust - all at issue). There has to be some room here to negotiate a settlement that will work with you - but you must be involved in coming up with parameters that will work with you (your attorney can then negotiate a settlement for you that addresses these parameters, but you they should not be bringing you a "pre-determined" settlement that was reached without your input).
But bot***** *****ne - if your attorney isn't looking out for your best interests, find a new one (quickly). It may cost more money to hire a new lawyer, but you will save money in the long run by having a lawyer that is more aggressive in representing your needs.