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Promises, Promises

In telling yesterday’s blog story, I recalled an incident that happened early in my career. I was working for a firm that did mostly matrimonial work, and I would handle the real estate transactions that often resulted after the end of a marriage.

 

Unlike today, contracts were not e-mailed back and forth and parties did not meet separately in real estate’s darker ages.  Buyers and sellers met together with their attorneys in the sellers’ counsel’s office to review the contract and negotiate terms. The parties either had a “meeting of the minds” and signed, or things went awry, causing everyone to head their separate ways.

 

At one particular contract signing, my firm had represented the ex-wife in a matrimonial action. The buyers and their counsel arrived at my office, as did the newly divorced couple and Mr. Seller’s lawyer. A productive discussion of the terms ensued, and things seem to go well until we reached a certain clause about required repairs. Ms. Buyer wanted more details about the quality of the work and the timing, asking, “How do we know that [the seller] will do what he’s supposed to do?”

 

Slam! went Ms. Seller’s fist on the table, followed by, “Amen! If he kept his promises, we’d still be married!”

I had a hard time keeping a case of the giggles at bay.

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