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In a situation like this, where you should have recovered funds but were unable to do so because of a missed deadline by a lawyer, you generally can file a malpractice action against that attorney. However, if the settlement occurred in 2007 you may be beyond the statute of limitations for bringing such an action.
My advice would be to consult a local malpractice attorney. If your case has merit, they will generally take the case at no charge to you and then you only pay a percentage of what you recover.
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