Tuesday, July 22, 2014
What do you call a busload of lawyers going over a thousand foot cliff? A good start.
We have too many lawyers, and too many laws for them to manipulate. I say this based in part on a piece I saw on the news this morning.
It seems a lady in a resort community (in Florida?) put her house up on Airbnb, a website that matches people who have property with people who want to rent a resort house or an apartment or even just a room for a short term. A guy leased her property for 45 days, and paid her 30 days in advance.
After he was there only a day he began complaining about the "cloudy" tap water. The owner said she would give him a refund and he could just move on. He took her money, but then didn't leave. She thought he would surely leave after his original 45 day term, but....no....he's still there.
Turns out the laws in that state view this guy as a "tenant", which means to get him out the owner will have to jump through all sorts of hoops and spend thousands of $$$ in attorney fees to legally evict him, which could take months. So this guy is living in her house rent free, and perhaps trashing it in the process, and there is precious little she can do.
In this country today most laws are written by lawyers, and passed into law by legislators who themselves are predominately lawyers, and enforced by courts who are, of course, lawyers. And they're written in such a way that the layman usually has to hire a lawyer to tell them what the document they're signing means. And if something backfires, you have to hire a lawyer to save your a$$.
Sounds to me like lawyers have written their own ticket to a very well paid lifetime employment. And the only way to stop them is to....hire a lawyer! DOH!