In June of 2015, a bill passed the New York Assembly (A07645) and Senate (05678) relating primarily, but not exclusively, to the determination of maintenance/spousal support. These changes continue to await the signature of Governor Cuomo.
Being a German intern in a U.S. law firm, many people have asked me about the differences between German and American law. I would say the main difference is that Germany has a civil law system, whereas the U.S has a common law system. In contrast to common law, civil law is codified, meaning we have updated legal codes which cover all matters that are capable of being brought to court, the applicable procedure and the appropriate punishment for each offense.
A peculiar situation arose a few weeks ago which greatly jeopardized one of our closings. I won’t tell you whether we represented the Seller or the Purchaser; from the point of view of this entry it doesn’t matter. Firstly, I would say there are two types of Sellers, those that take very good care of the property and maintain everything in great condition until they finally move out. The second type cut back on the landscaping and repairs, and do the minimal clean up needed when they move out. Most Sellers fall in the middle of these two extremes.