If you were 17 when the matter was settled, it would had to have been approved by the court and put in a bank account for your benefit. If you were 18 or older, you would have signed a release setting forth the amount of the settlement. Contact Allstate and give them the names of the interested parties. If the records are still available, that should be enough to get the information you're looking for. If the case was settled after suit, there should be some record in the NYS court system website. None of this means there wasn't something fishy in all this but you can probably get the facts before accusing someone. Good luck.
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If you were a minor at the time of the settlement, a probate court had to approve the settlement and most likely signed an order that told the person old enough to cash the check (a parent?) to do something very specific with the proceeds. If you were 18 or older, you should have been involved int eh process. Go sit down with a personal injury attorney to discuss the situation and get to the bottom of what happened.
There is a chance you won't like the answers!
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If suit wasn't brought where you live, it was likely brought where the accident happened. You can check with the clerks of those places about the suit. For NY, you can search on e-law.com. Insurance companies also keep a record a "CRB" of peoples prior accidents, and Allstate or a private investigator, might be able to obtain information from the CRB. In any event, so much time has passed that you couldn't even sue your father for the money, so I'm not sure what good it will do if you found out.
If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore, NY 11710 Telephone -516.512.6333 Email - Jgold@goldbenes.com
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