I am wondering since I am not the Policy Holder of my twin sisters homeowners insurance, that I lost a tremendous amount of content after a fire in our garage. My twin sister is the policy holder and I owned most of the content destroyed and she does not want to give me the money from insurance company for my contents. What can I do about this. The insurance company has been writing the checks out to both her and I. She wont give me the money for packout/cleaning either. What can I do? I also have COPD, Asthma, and congestive heart failure and she has been given money from insurance company to reside outside of home until repaired, but she just banked the monies. I am feeling sick already from probably breathing the smoke? I am at a loss. Please advise me as what my legal rights are. Thank You.
State: 
California

About The Expert

Dan Wade

Dan Wade

Dan Wade joined United Policyholders in January 2014. As Staff Attorney, he works primarily on the Advocacy and Action Program, helping draft and coordinate amicus curiae briefs, legislative advocacy, and legal research in partnership with UP staff and volunteers. Dan's relationship with UP began as a student in Professor Ken Klein's disaster law seminar where Executive Director Amy Bach was a guest lecturer. As a law student volunteer for UP, he researched trends in bad faith insurance law and tracked Superstorm Sandy insurance litigation. Dan gained transactional and litigation experience as a law clerk for Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, a mid-sized San Diego-based business law firm and externed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5 (Chicago). Before joining UP, he was a post-bar intern at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a Chicago-based environmental group. 

Dan earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in 2007 and his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 2013. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2013 and the California Bar in 2014. He is a member of various professional associations, including: the American Bar Association - Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee, the American Association for Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Dan also serves as Vice Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services Program, a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that delivers free legal assistance to low-income persons affected by disasters.