Reviving a Stalled Patent Application

I got a patent pending on a business idea, and while I was waiting for a full patent, my lawyer died suddenly and the patent pending along with him. I retrieved my paperwork, but the lawyer's office stated there was no one who could continue to acquire a full patent for my idea. This is frustrating and heartbreaking, as I spent a good deal of money pursuing a patent. Do I have another remedy? —D.E.F., Sikeston, Mo.

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