The Law Is Not Simple, Even If We’d Like It To Be
June 29th, 2023 | By: Timothy Mulligan, Esq.
From lawyers to litigants, from judges to jurors, complex problems arise. The simplest of issues such as venue (where the case is to be held) can be argued for years. Even the language lawyers use can be confusing. And who really studies Latin anymore anyway?
One would think landlord tenant law would be pretty cut and dried. Was the rent paid? Was the premises fit for habitability? Yet, these questions can often get convoluted and lead to litigation. These days, so many more issues are coming up pretty consistently and if your lawyer isn’t familiar with them, you and your assets could be at risk.
Fair housing is ever present, and landlords need to be ever vigilant. Tenants now more than ever are claiming to have emotional support animals. State and local laws are expanding protected classes such as “source of income” which is meant to prohibit discrimination based on how a tenant pays for their rent i.e., government or disability assistance.
Bankruptcy filings are on the rise, and it just seems that there are more and more disputes amongst neighboring tenants. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all doom and gloom but it’s not like the upcoming Presidential election next year is going to bring more people together.
I counsel my property manager clients to keep their wits about them and do their best to deescalate any situations that arise. If there’s fighting to be done, let us do it for them in the courtroom. After all, it is in that arena, where my colleagues at Paletz Law and I excel.
We are relentless in our defense of our clients’ private property rights. We take pride in serving our clients’ needs and shepherding them through a court system that has still yet to fully recover from Covid. We are there for them when cases go off the rails and are resolute to get the job done. We treat all tenants with respect and do our best to promote reasonable resolutions with them.
These current economic times are tough and unpredictable. So too is the law which continues to be a source of uncertainty. However, a good lawyer is unphased by what they cannot control but rather focuses on what they can control. Being prepared. Being responsive to our clients’ needs. Being there for them when they need you.
The Bottom Line: I wish times were simpler and the law echoed that sentiment. But being a realist means that you have to be prepared and ready to take on any challenge that the day presents. I’m glad I have the opportunity to do this every day for our clients at Paletz Law.
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