I now, thanks to you (general), have enough to pay for the lawyer, as well as living expenses for the next three months or so while this thing shakes out, after which I believe I'll be in pretty good shape. This does delay my planned move to Texas, but I guess them's just the breaks, and money (aside from a surprise call from Steven Spielberg) isn't going to change that.
Also, in the capable of hands of High Counsel Paterloopy, as well as the (embarassing, unexpected, welcome &c &c) sudden support, I've been relaxing more, and actually getting work done. I am now in what I think will probably be chapter three of Iorich.
Again, my thanks to you all.