This weeks question comes from Sheila P. in San Francisco who asks, “Amy, my best girlfriend, just confided in me that she and her therapist had sex. She went to see this therapist because of sexual trauma she suffered as a child. She’s really freaked out and confused. On one hand she doesn’t want to get the therapist in trouble but on the other hand she feels like she’s being taken advantage of. I can see that it’s tearing her apart. Isn’t this illegal? What can be done about it?”
This week’s question comes from Hal in Berkeley, who asks: “I went to a personal injury lawyer because I was in an accident. My lawyer told me that he had opened a claim with the other side’s insurance carrier. I got medical treatment and when it was done he told me he made a demand for settlement. He then told me he had settled my case, but he never asked me if that amount was OK. Then he never gave me any of the money, saying that it all went to pay him and my medical bills. I asked him for my file and a breakdown of where the money went. Now he won’t answer my emails or calls. What are my rights?”
This week’s question comes John K from South City who asks: “I recently bought my first home with my wife. We saw the ad for the house on line and went to an open house. We liked the house and asked the broker about the neighborhood because we wanted a safe, quiet, place to raise a family.
The broker said that it was a quiet neighborhood with older, retired neighbors. The agent acted as a “dual agent” which he said meant he could represent us both. We went through a lot of paperwork, got the loan, and then closed on the house.
After we moved in we started seeing a lot of traffic coming and going from next door. It turns out that they are selling drugs and may be running a meth lab. I spoke to the other neighbor next door and he said that this had been going on a long time and he had spoken with the broker about it. I feel ripped off, what can I do?”
This week’s question comes from Tara P. in Hayward, who writes: “The weirdest thing happened recently. I had just bought a house out of foreclosure. I was working on the interior while living there. I went away for the night to a friend’s house. When I came home the next day after work, there was a circus tent covering my house. Seriously, a circus tent. Not only that, there were signs saying “stay back, toxic gasses in use.”
My house had been fumigated while I was out! I didn’t ask for my house to be fumigated. I called the company and they said that it was my house that was supposed to be fumigated. I said no, and they read the address. They fumigated my house on an avenue when they were supposed to fumigate a house, with the same number, a couple blocks away on a court. They said that a real estate agent had paid for the fumigation. I am against the use of pesticides and chemicals. I told them to take the tent off my house but they said they couldn’t for three days until the chemicals dissipated.
Thank God I had dropped my kitten off at the vet’s for boarding. They said that they didn’t have signed paperwork as the job was phoned in by a Realtor they have worked for before. I had to go to a hotel until my house was untarped three days later. I had to buy some work clothes and a pair of shoes as my clothes were all sealed up inside the tent. Since then I have thrown away all of the food in my pantry, sent my clothes to the cleaners and I am having a green company come in and do a top to bottom cleaning. I told the fumigators that I wanted to be compensated for this inconvenience and expense, they said that they were going to give me the fumigation for free. This is not acceptable. What rights do I have?”
This week’s question comes from Jenny V. in Berkeley who asks, “My best girlfriend just confided in me that she and her therapist had sex. She went to see this therapist because of sexual trauma she suffered as a child. She’s really freaked out and confused. On one hand she doesn’t want to get the therapist in trouble but on the other hand she feels like she’s being taken advantage of. I can see that it’s tearing her apart. Isn’t this illegal? What can be done about it?”