Prior to an eviction trial, I had to attend a deposition at the landlord's attorney office. Due to my low income, I am unable to hire an attorney, and therefore, attended alone. Not only did this unethical attorney became belligerent, and block the exit to his conference room, - in horror - I had called to call 911.
Moreover, I received ill-advice from the non-profit legal aid who said to just say at the court hearing that the attorney's documents (there were many documents) "were confusing" and then remained silent during the court hearing. The judge agreed with me in that I was a layperson and was not going to sanction. However, the landlord's attorney argued and demanded until he wore down the judge. Much to my disadvantage, the aggressive attorney obtained a $2,000 sanction. . . $2,000 sanction against me. As I mentioned I truly do not have the funds. In addition, the non-profit legal aid knows these belligerent attorney, in person. And therefore, they appear to be afraid of him, and would not assist me further.