You should take a look at the contract you signed when you purchased/traded in. Normally the dealership would pay off your old car as a trade in. Did they take the car? Did they then re-sell it? If so and if they did not pay off the vehicle in violation of the contract, you may have cause for a lawsuit against the dealership. The bank financing the original car will not help you - they just want the payments made. The fact that they may have been closed since Sandy does not necessarily mean...
Each attorney may do it differently, so you should have the attorney make clear how expenses are treated and what constitutes a valid expense. And yes any attorney should give you an itemized accounting when asked - that is my policy anyway.
Well, the answer is both - but I am hoping your new lawyer knows this already so I am not sure why you are asking the question here. If your new lawyer does not know what to do, I would be concerned if I were you.
I would expect you should be able to find an attorney to do this. I am a little confused - you say the personal injury case is open, but your current attorney has not filed suit? So how is there a case?
There are a good number of attorneys who will take a look at your case with a free consult and if it looks good will do this on a contingent basis. Click the contact attorney button to reach out to the attorney of your choice.
You as the client are entitled to find another attorney at any time you want. Just be aware that your previous attorney may be entitled to some payment at the end, depending on what work was actually done.