Property law articles can include real estate, zoning issues, commercial real estate, landlord and tenant, as well as slip and fall premises liability.

Why You (Legally) Need a Fence Around Your Swimming Pool

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Aside from being a smart and safe thing to do, putting a fence around your pool can help is a legally savvy maneuver. This is due to a common-law doctrine in Georgia: the “attractive nuisance” standard. What is this law? It’s the mandate protecting children from injury or even death when venturing into someone else’s […]

What Are the Dog Bite Laws in Indiana?

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According to Indiana dog bite laws, all it takes is one bite to determine negligence. Aside from the fact that there’s a statute of limitations in Indiana—two years max—you should know, whether you’re the dog owner or the victim, how the Indiana dog bite laws operate. What Is the “One Bite” Rule? Essentially, one bite could […]

Do I Need a Lawyer When I Buy My New Home?

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The short answer is yes. After all, not only will it be the biggest, most significant purchase you’ll ever make, but it is a lengthy process requiring legal compliance in an industry littered with pitfalls and problems. Having a dedicated real estate lawyer on your side can be the difference between a smooth process and a […]

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Home in Mexico

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It is crucial you know the ins and outs of purchasing a home in Mexico since you are dealing with a property that is outside the US. There are, therefore, legal guidelines to follow when owning a home outside the country. The biggest issue with trying to investigate the prospects of owning property in this […]

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What You Need to Know About Homeowners Associations

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Homeowners associations are the source of far more controversy than many people realize. According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, some homeowners associations in Indiana have begun banning the use of homes in their neighborhoods for short-term rentals, because they believe that renting out homes for less than 30 days brings down property values in the […]

How Do Renters’ Legal Rights Work?

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As a renter, many of us do not think about our legal rights until something goes wrong. Take for example a tenant law in Washington DC that was recently revised. According to The Washington Post, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), which has been a law in DC for around 30 years, was revised […]

Do You Need an Attorney To Buy Real Estate?

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If you are looking to buy a home or commercial space, it is always a practical idea to have a lawyer involved from the beginning of the transaction through the closing. Although not all states require and you may not need an attorney to buy real estate, it will save you money in the long […]

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sell a Home in New Jersey?

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Do you need a lawyer to sell a home in New Jersey? In this video, an experienced real estate lawyer explains the law and what a person should look for in an attorney when they are selling home. Although most residential sales seem like they would be straightforward, it is always a good idea to […]

Why Do Jury Verdicts Usually Go Against NTSB Findings?

USA Today conducted an investigation linking crashes to defects in small aircraft. Over five decades, nearly 45,000 people have been killed in private plane and helicopter crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that 86 percent of private crashes are caused by pilot error. However, USA Today says its investigation reveals many instances in […]

Can you legally park or store trucks or heavy equipment in a residential area?

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Residential neighborhoods often are protected by zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants. Zoning ordinances are created by municipal governments by cities, townships and boroughs. They regulate use of land, declaring certain areas to be residential, others commercial and others industrial. Special enterprise, agricultural, educational or medical zones may exist in some municipalities. Restrictive covenants are different. […]

Can you be held liable for a motor vehicle loan that you co-signed as a buyer, even if you are not the spouse or parent of the actual owner?

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Before January 1, 1997, only mothers and fathers or husbands and wives who co-signed on an installment loan for a motor vehicle were primarily liable along with the actual owner of the vehicle. In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court held that persons (other than parents or spouses) who co-signed as buyers on a […]

Can real estate or business brokers be legally denied fees?

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Illinois law distinguishes between real estate brokers and business brokers and has different requirements for each. A real estate broker must be licensed by the state, while a business broker must register with the Illinois Secretary of State. A typical business, however, may include both business assets and real estate, potentially triggering both statutory requirements. […]

Can I get a refund of a real estate deposit?

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently required the sellers to refund most of the potential buyers’ deposit in an aborted real estate transaction, even though the buyers breached the contract of sale and the contract itself provided for forfeiture of the down payment. What happened? Pedro and Magdalia Matos entered into a written contract to sell […]

Can higher out-of-state waste disposal fees be justified?

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Claiming that it only wanted shippers of out-of-state waste into the state to pay their fair share of disposal costs, Oregon imposed a surcharge on disposal of out-of-state waste. The fee was about three times as large as that for in-state waste. The Court found the plan to be a prohibited form of protectionism. The […]

Can abandoned railroad track easements be transferred to a city for public use?

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In the 1890s, a railroad built track on easements it acquired over property in Vermont. The property owners kept title to the underlying land. In 1975, the railroad abandoned the easements. Using federal legislation commonly known as the Rails-To-Trails Act, in 1985 the State of Vermont and a city petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission to […]

Can a person with a life estate move out and rent the property?

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Under the prevailing law in most states, a life estate has the right to do anything with his or her property. It is not mandatory to live there and use it as his/ her home, but the person can obviously rent it out. The holder of the life estate is responsible for maintaining the property, […]

Can a Pennsylvania township charge a license fee for billboards?

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When townships issue licenses for building, development, and sign-posting activities, they are permitted by Pennsylvania law to charge license fees. Such license fees are considered to be compensation to the township for costs expended in the regulation of the activity in question. Taxes, by contrast, produce much higher revenue than what is expended by the […]

Can a city government limit an individual’s liberty of expression in their own home?

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Tired of visual clutter in its neighborhoods, the City of Ladue, Missouri, banned all signs on residential property except for signs that warned of hazards, identified residences, or advertised that the property was for sale. Margaret, who was determined to express her opposition to the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War, placed a small sign […]