Your post is confusing, but it sounds like you filed suit, dismissed it and refiled in a new county, and then lost the case 7 months ago. If that is correct, you are asking too late, as the right to appeal or make a motion for new trial expires 30 days after the verdict. (Since your post is confusing, and possibly doesn't contain all the facts, I suggest you call your attorney from the case as he knows the details and can best answer you.)
Lawyers have to hold the check long enough to clear before they can disburse. That length of time varies by bank but usually is at least 3-5 business days. In some cases it can be a bit longer. Your lawyer wants you to have it as soon as possible, as he cannot pay himself his share until he also pays you, so be patient.
If your idea is to handle this yourself, statistically, unrepresented litigants get about 80% less than ones with lawyers. So stop talking to the insurer before you lower your case value and get counsel.
And yes, there are new requirements this year that affect how attorneys interact with insurers that probably apply to your case. House Bill 366 provides for certain pre-suit settlement offers and agreements as to tort claims arising out of use of motor vehicles and can be read at http://...
First of all, if you were hurt at all, get to an emergency room IMMEDIATELY if ytou have not already done so. Follow up with all needed medical care. As soon as it is available, pick up the police report. And retain a lawyer (if you were hurt) to evaluate a possible personal injury claim. Feel free to contact me (and if not me, an attorney from here on AVVO). Do not talk to an insurer without counsel.
I'm sorry for your loss. You need to see a probate lawyer, and may also find reason to employ a malpractice attorney. Given the elapsed time, see the latter ASAP to evaluate a possible case, as time makes such cases more difficult to pursue.
Powers of attorney expire on death, so they are irrelevant. So is the letter, as only your father could have created a no contest clause. Sadly, in not writing a will, your father chose to create a battle and problems, and I hate saying this at a difficult time for you.
A wife has a right under Georgia law to seek all or part of an estate as year's support. With an estate that size, if the other heirs (the children) timely object, it is possible and likely that some of the estate will be...
Be thankful your lawyer is doing his job! Give him the info. In some cases, there may be additional coverage available to you under multiple policies in your household. It sounds like you have a good lawyer.