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In January 2000, I had a House fire. The cause was faulty wiring. I sued the Company that had installed my furnace and air conditioning unit in 1998. They installed the electrical box that caused the fire. My lawyer won the case in October 2002 for $50,000.00. To this day, i have not recieved any funds. My lawyer has since been disbarred. Do I have any recourse to get these funds. What should I do? Sue my former lawyer? Have the case retried with another attorney? Have I waited too long? I need direction in what actions to take from here.

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Your lawyer won the case, so it's not clear that you have any claim against him here. Did you also pay him to collect the judgment that you won? If you paid for work he hasn't done, then you'd have a claim for that, if the statute of limitations for suing on that has not expired. You did not say in what state you got the judgment. The judgment may still be enforceable. If so, and the company is still in your state, you can file the judgment so that it becomes a lien on property of the company, and you can pursue attaching assets (e.g. bank accounts, accounts receivable, tangible property, etc) that are not exempt from attachment under state law. You can either research how to do that yourself in your state or hire a lawyer familiar with those procedures to help you collect your money.

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"Do I have any recourse to get these funds."

If you have a judgment (which is what I assume you meant when you said your lawyer won the case) against the company, you can enforce the judgment.

"What should I do? Sue my former lawyer?"

On what basis would you sue your former lawyer?

"Have the case retried with another attorney?"

If you already have a judgment, why would you do that?

"I need direction in what actions to take from here."

Hire another lawyer to help you enforce the judgment.

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