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I'm not sure what your question is. You have identified the proper route, file a Motion to Vacate the Dismissal. You really may want to consider hiring a lawyer because the judge is going to be miffed that he is having to have a hearing because you "did not pay attention" (I know judges and they all seem to have a firm opinion that their time is valuable, usually much more so than the lawyers or parties). If you hire a lawyer now the lawyer will explain that you are now on their docketing system, etc. Please understand, I know that sometimes things happen but most judges don't like pro se litigants in the first place and things like this set them off.
You also need to get the trustee recommended modification ready whether you do it or the lawyer actually files it. That way you can let the judge know you're on top of everything now.
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You can find one at www.lawyers.com. In the section for Area of Practice enter Bankruptcy.
It sounds like you have a good grip on everything and a lawyer is really only necessary because there are often ways to argue with the trustee and get things done in a way that is better for you. The trustee wants to spend as little time as possible and be paid as much as possible so sometimes that can conflict with your goals plus, as I said, judges aren't very understanding about mistakes by pro se litigants whereas they normally just look over the same mistakes made by a lawyer.
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