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Have you asked your sister for any information about the settlement and for your half of the settlement amount?
And since this was verbal, I am assuming that you don't have anything to use as evidence of the agreement?
Did you actually pay half the attorney fees in the case?
Ok, if the case was settled, then it would be part of the public record and you could get a copy of the entire case file, including any settlement agreement, by contacting the court clerk where the case was filed. But if it was just settled Oct 7, everything might not be filed in the case file yet. I would give it a week or so and then contact the clerk to get a copy of it.
The only problem I see here is if sister changed her mind on the agreement.. Since you didn't actually pay any legal expenses up front for "consideration" in the deal, she could just say she paid the entire legal bill so she is entitled to all the proceeds. Proving an oral agreement like this without you having proof you performed on your side would be very difficult..
But as long as she honors her agreement with you, then she would just divide any settlement after backing out the legal expenses.