From what you have posted, it appears that your child's case was settled with an Infant's Compromise Order which directed the payment of at least a portion of the settlement proceeds into a bank account which cannot be reached without court order.
If the attorneys who handled the case in 2000 are unwilling to make the application to the Judge for you to withdraw monies from this account for your child, you will need to take the Infant's compromise Order and supporting papers to a new attorney. Use the Avvo find a lawyer function to locate an experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn (there are no shortage of good attorneys there) to help you.
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Contact the NY bar or another attorney.
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In writing and by certified mail, you should ask the attorneys where the money has been deposited, and for an accounting of the money that is there. Once they respond, attorneys on this site will be better able to advise you. It isn't clear if there is any wrong doing, but there could be.
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