I’ve been getting lots of calls lately regarding how to plat or develop land. That’s a good sign for our economy but the best time to ask questions about development is before you purchase the land. Here are some things to consider:
Zoning – Your best resource is the local zoning... continue reading »
As deer season is upon us I thought it would be a good time to review title to your land. It’s pretty common for several buddies or family members to buy some land together and then share ownership and use to make hunting more affordable. It’s a lot more fun to hunt when you can enjoy wit... continue reading »
Many legal disputes arise from trees, fences, structures, docks, driveways, along your lot lines. The best advice within this article might be to introduce yourself to your neighbor as soon as you can since getting along with neighbors makes any legal issue easier to solve. Even if neighbors ... continue reading »
It seems like a growing trend for people to buy a home prior to marriage or possibly with the intent of never getting married. Divorce can be an awful experience but at least there is a lot of legal precedent about how to resolve home ownership, possession and debts after the divorce. If you ... continue reading »
Many have heard of the Statute of Frauds; the main focus of this statute is that agreements related to land need to be in writing to be enforceable. Here are some common scenarios that are not often reduced to writing and can lead to problems.
Encroachment Issues: Neighbors often know an... continue reading »
Many of us have gone through the process of listing and selling a home. We understand the basic agreements and documents that are needed, and these are commonly a listing agreement, purchase agreement, settlement statement, and eventually a deed that conveys title to the real estate from seller t... continue reading »
If you title your home or bank account with another person as joint tenants, the law is clear that the surviving owner automatically takes title upon the first owner’s death without probate. Sounds great and is the right choice is some cases. This way of titling assets often works well with s... continue reading »
In a past article we wrote about how to review a home construction contract. A reader asked for a follow up article on claims or issues you may have after you move in. Here’s a few pointers:
If you buy an existing home from a prior homeowner, y... continue reading »
With an improving economy we are seeing more home construction. Many contracts for new construction or remodeling are very hard to enforce if things go wrong. The following is a list of things you should understand as a homeowner.
The first issue is pretty simple, a written contract sh... continue reading »
I represent a lot of landlords around the area and while some are very familiar with the eviction process, others are not. Today’s article will focus on the eviction process and what to expect when a landlord wishes to terminate a lease agreement with a tenant.
The most common form of ev... continue reading »