My attempt at a little humor on a less than humorous topic.  I think when most people hear about a health care directive they are thinking about forms that direct the doctors or emergency medical responders on whether or not they want to be resuscitated or intubated.  Those instructions however... continue reading »

Landlord-Tenant: Abandoned Property

I handle a lot of landlord-tenant issues, predominantly from the perspective of the landlord. What’s becoming more of an issue I am encountering is questions regarding what to do with abandoned personal property that remains on the premises following the tenant vacating, either voluntarily or t... continue reading »

Title Insurance

Misconceptions about title insurance keep popping up so I thought it would be a good time to clarify a few things.  First of all, if you do not purchase an owner’s policy, you have no protection even though you paid the premium for a lender’s policy.  Secondly, insurance will not cover ever... continue reading »

Tax Planning with Land Sales

Most people are aware of the basic rules regarding capital gains tax – in short, the gain is the difference between your acquisition cost and the sales price.  Like with most rules, there are several exceptions and that allows for some planning opportunities.

The homestead exemption is ... continue reading »

Contracts for Deed

We get many questions about contracts for deed and some people assume they are not as “good” as a traditional bank loan and mortgage. As with most legal issues, there are several issues or factors if comparing contract for deeds and mortgages.

For sellers, many clients love earning a g... continue reading »