Description: As hard as it is for Israelis to admit, there is much confusion among Israeli citizens and also for US and Israeli business lawyers in Israel. All the more so when Israel is having economic growing pains and legislation is becoming more businessperson friendly.
One might reason that if the US and Israel are such close allies, the laws should be similar, right? Not quite. While both countries are dedicated to democracy and freedom, the differences between the cultures, mentality and societies are many and the laws in Israel can be understood by Americans when explained in English, they are most complicated and full of hurdles around which to maneuver.
If you ask your friend or neighbor, most native Israelis will give you an answer, even if they themselves are misinformed or underinformed. The latter is more dangerous since uninformed advice will sound wrong but underinformed might sound valid but at the same time, misses the mark. People will also often hand you a written contract and show you where to sign. If you take the time to read it thoroughly, your Israeli counterpart will sometimes breathe deeply and audibly and tell you it is just a standard contract. You would do well to ignore this and take the document to an Israeli and business lawyer in Israel, familiar with US laws, culture, and mentality, to better understand his or her clients from the US. Your closest friend can and will be wrong, even if he or she speaks with utmost confidence. Don’t search for answers on the Internet. The laws in Israel change so often, that many attorneys who are fresh out of law school do not want to practice law.
Frequent Government Changes
Israel’s system of government allows for frequent governmental changes. This results in periods of time when Israel has “no government” and consequently, bills often get shelved. On the other hand, in the brief windows when there is a government, laws are proposed and passed, rather quickly. Upon change of government, those laws can be changed.
Confusion for All Without a US/Israeli Business Lawyer in Israel
As hard as it is for Israelis to admit, there is much confusion among Israeli citizens and also for US and Israeli business lawyers in Israel. All the more so when Israel is having economic growing pains and legislation is becoming more businessperson friendly. The Israeli business lawyers, in comparison with the US legal system and as opposed to their US counterparts, have to constantly read about new cases, precedents, amendments and laws. Very few do this immaculately. David Page is a lawyer who is licensed both in the US and Israel. He specializes in all manners of documents and securing his clients’ rights.
Cheap is Expensive Without a US/Israeli Business Lawyer in Israel
If one hesitates to hire a professional lawyer with experience and references, one will pay a hefty price in the long run. Your advocate is your ship of the desert, port in a storm, attack force, and principal advisor. Going without a US and Israeli business lawyer in Israel can result in great loss of money and property, for lack of due diligence, subpar knowledge of the latest changes in legislation, and sloppy, negligent advice all around. You would not be wise to skip this vital step in the US and in that respect, you should not do so in Israel.