Q: I'm being sued for personal injury (overnight hospital stay) sustained to a postal carrier, on my property.
I received a demand letter from an attorney, whose client was alleging he ate cannabis edible cookies he found in my mailbox, the week before Christmas. On the alleged date of his injury, we were not home, and had no knowledge of any cookies. We do live in a legal state (Vermont), and occasionally imbibe, as well as have many friends who imbibe. It is entirely possible that someone of our friends left us cookies as a gift, but no one has come forward. Initially when we received the demand letter, we were assuming he slipped and fell, or that perhaps our dog attacked him. Upon contacting the mail carriers attorney, we were shocked and dumb founded to learn of cookies. I agreed to allow him to process a claim with our homeowners insurance, which was denied based on federal scheduling of cannabis. His attorney is now demanding to see our policy, and I'm trying to get in touch with a local attorney for advice before giving him our contract. I'm not having much luck. Should I grant this?
A: This is a bit bizarre but nonetheless you should not give the attorney anything but turn it over to your homeowners and let them handle it. They will hire an attorney for you if you are sued. By the way no more posting on social websites--this one included. Good luck.
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