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California Land Use Blog

California Land Use Blog

Covers land use law for developers, owners and businesses. By Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://landuselaw.jmbm.com/
  • Sep 16

    California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision

    California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decision
    By Scott Castro California Oil and Gas Update: In-depth look at the California BLM's fracking decisionOil and gas lease sales on public lands set to resume in 2015 based upon independent fracking report On August 28, 2014 the California…
  • Aug 26

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto
    The unions are taking on solar power once again, with CEQA as their weapon of choice. What their motive is may be a different issue. As we have mentioned before in this space, it is a good idea to keep track of CEQA petitions being filed,…
  • Aug 22

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact
    By Robert I. McMurry A new Court of Appeal case, San Francisco Tomorrow v. City and County of San Francisco, 214 Cal App Lexis 735 lends support to A.B. 32 as a standard of significance for GHG impacts and to the use of an air district…
Rank this Week: 1868

Virginia Community Association Law…

Virginia Community Association Law Blog

Covers Virginia condominium and homeowner's Association law. By LeClair Ryan.

http://www.virginiacommunityassociationlaw.com/
  • Sep 16

    HOA Elections: A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan, Properly Notice, and Execute Successful Election

    HOA Elections: A Step-by-Step Guide to Plan, Properly Notice, and Execute Successful Election
    Stop us if you've heard this one before: You announce an HOA election providing proper notice, yet only a handful of owners show up to vote. You end up short of your quorum requirements, and you have to start all over again with your fingers…
  • Jul 26

    LeClairRyan Attorneys Attend the Virginia Leadership Retreat (VLR): 2014

    LeClairRyan Attorneys Attend the Virginia Leadership Retreat (VLR): 2014
    This weekend, four members of LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry Team are attending the Virginia Leadership Retreat (VLR) at the Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. The team has attended the annual conference each year since its inception…
  • Jun 24

    Special Assessments: How to Avoid Them When Possible, and Pass Them When Needed

    Special Assessments: How to Avoid Them When Possible, and Pass Them When Needed
    The odds are strong that at some point in an association's history, it will experience the need for a special assessment. HOAleader.com, a national web-based publication, is hosting a live webinar on the topic: "Special Assessments: How to…
Rank this Week: 1750

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

By Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.

http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 16

    Video of Fight at South Florida Condo Board Meeting Makes Nightly New

    Video of Fight at South Florida Condo Board Meeting Makes Nightly New
    By Nicole R. KurtzOur firm's other community association attorneys and I have witnessed, or heard about, scores of heated exchanges between disgruntled unit owners and board members at community association board of directors' meetings. …
  • Sep 15

    New Case of Theft, Fraud by a South Florida Homeowners Association President

    New Case of Theft, Fraud by a South Florida Homeowners Association President
    By Roberto C. BlanchYet another case of theft and fraud inflicted on an association by an HOA president made local South Florida headlines recently. According to news reports, Michelle Changar-Coe, a former homeowners association president,…
  • Sep 2

    Right of Access to Personnel Evaluations, Background Screenings for Community Association Directors, Member

    Right of Access to Personnel Evaluations, Background Screenings for Community Association Directors, Member
    By Roberto C. BlanchOur firm receives a great deal of questions about association matters from the readers of our blog and the listeners of our radio show on WIOD 610-AM every Sunday at noon. We try to provide specific responses to each and…
Rank this Week: 2179

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1726

Sonoma County Lawyer Blog

Sonoma County Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, family law, and landlord-tenant law. By the Law Offices of James V. Sansone.

http://blog.jamessansonelaw.com/
  • Sep 16

    Adoption Case Pits Tribal Court Against State Judiciary System

    Adoption Case Pits Tribal Court Against State Judiciary System
    An adoption case in Alaska recently became a test of the tribal court's legal authority to remove the parental rights of a parent who was not a member of the tribe. In this case, a daughter was removed from the home of Edward Parks and…
  • Sep 10

    Divorce Tips for Sonoma County Boomer Women

    Divorce Tips for Sonoma County Boomer Women
    If you're reading this blog, you're probably a Boomer. A study released in February found that Americans who are over 50 years of age are twice as likely to divorce as people who were that age 20 years ago. No one wants to have a midlife…
  • Sep 2

    Florida Gets Closer to Allow Same-Sex Marriage - Update on Gay Marriage Around the Country

    Florida Gets Closer to Allow Same-Sex Marriage - Update on Gay Marriage Around the Country
    In July, two Key West residents prevailed in a same-sex marriage case in a Florida district court. In that case, Monroe Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia - similar to other judges -- characterized the ban on gay marriage as…
Rank this Week: 1867

New Miami Blog

New Miami Blog

Focuses on including international arbitration, real estate investment and land development, financing, foreign investment and tax, Miami’s new zoning code (Miami 21), public-private partnerships, hospitality, and construction in Miami, Florida. By Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

http://www.newmiamiblog.com/
  • Sep 16

    Florida Courts and Forum Selection Clause

    Florida Courts and Forum Selection Clause
    You may be surprised to find out that, unlike its sunny beaches and popular resorts, Florida courts may not be hospitable to hearing your clients’ claims and you may not have a sufficient basis to defeat a jurisdictional objection…
  • Sep 12

    GIS Technology Supports Port Efficiency and Expansion

    GIS Technology Supports Port Efficiency and Expansion
    Known as the Cargo Gateway to the Americas and currently home to 13 cruise lines, Port Miami is a vital economic anchor of Miami -Dade County. The Port employs more than 200,000 in the South Florida region and contributes $27 billion…
  • Sep 11

    Venture for America announces its first Miami cla

    Venture for America announces its first Miami cla
    In yet another sign that the Miami tech scene is poised for continued growth, Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization that recruits bright college graduates and places them in emerging startups for a two-year period, recently…
Rank this Week: 1688

Davis-Stirling Condo Law

Davis-Stirling Condo Law

By Adrian J. Adams.

http://www.condoassociationexpert.com/
  • Sep 14

    Renter Defined

    Renter Defined
    QUESTION: What is considered a rental unit? We have individuals purchasing units, not living in them, but putting their children and grandchildren in them to reside. ANSWER: Good question. If a nephew is given the unit while in college and…
  • Sep 8

    Veto AB 1738

    Veto AB 1738
    Dear Readers, It’s not often I urge you to write letters. This is one of those times. Existing Law. Currently, homeowners can informally resolve disputes without involving lawyers. It’s called Internal Dispute Resolution.…
  • Aug 31

    Beeping Horn

    Beeping Horn
    QUESTION: When homeowner A locks his car, the horn beeps. Tenant B screams “I will blow that ****ing car up.” So, A locks his car during the day only, not at night. Unfortunately, B works out of his unit and naps during the day so…
Rank this Week: 1658

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Sep 13

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case

    VT Governor Advocates Hiring Independent Appraiser For Pipeline Case
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the VT Department of Public Service to hire an independent property appraiser to participate in eminent domain proceedings for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. “I am concerned at the transparency…
  • Sep 2

    NJ Supreme Court OK Bypassing Mortgagee In Eminent Domain Grab

    NJ Supreme Court OK Bypassing Mortgagee In Eminent Domain Grab
    The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that a borough was not required to negotiate with the holder of the final foreclosure judgment prior to condemnation of the encumbered property.  In Merchantville v. Malik & Son LLC, the Court held that…
  • Aug 30

    US House Committee Passes USPAP Exemption Bill

    US House Committee Passes USPAP Exemption Bill
    The US House Financial Services Committee approved H.R. 5148 which would grant certain “high-risk” mortgages an exemption from having an appraisal performed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal…
Rank this Week: 2107

Phoenix Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Phoenix Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Covers landlord/tenant law, foreclosures, and short sales. By Platt & Westby, P.C.

http://www.phoenixrealestatelawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 12

    What Do I Do When A Relative Dies in AZ?

    What Do I Do When A Relative Dies in AZ?
    The steps that need to be taken following the death of a relative depend largely on how the death occurred. The death could be expected or unexpected, occur at home or in a hospice, or could be completely accidental. If the death occurred…
  • Aug 21

    What Happens to My Business If My Partner and I Disagree?

    What Happens to My Business If My Partner and I Disagree?
    In many ways, business partnerships are like a marriage. There is a courtship phase, the wedding, and then the on-going marital relationship. During the course of the marriage, there will be disagreements and arguments along the way, and…
  • Aug 13

    How Do I Form A Corporation?

    How Do I Form A Corporation?
    Choosing a corporation is not entirely dissimilar to forming an LLC as was discussed in our previous blog. To begin with, you will need to choose a name for your corporation. A standard search should be conducted to ensure the name you want…
Rank this Week: 1745

New York Real Estate Lawyers Blog

New York Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Covers foreclosures, co-ops, condos and mortgage modification. By the Law Offices of Weiss & Weiss.

http://www.newyorkrealestatelawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 12

    Estate Proceedings for Property Located "Elsewhere"

    Estate Proceedings for Property Located "Elsewhere"
    People are leading increasingly complicated lives, in that they spend their time in several locales, some of which may not be their place of residence. If a person is fortunate, they may develop an affection for a particular area and buy a…
  • Sep 5

    Standards for Purchasers of New York Cooperative Apartment

    Standards for Purchasers of New York Cooperative Apartment
    Our readers may be familiar with a cooperative apartment building located in Manhattan by the name of River House. This building is known not only for its distinctive classic architecture and regal location, but also by its stringent…
  • Aug 11

    Beware the Evil Stepmother

    Beware the Evil Stepmother
    Evil stepmothers are not only found in popular culture, as epitomized in Cinderella . Such persons are commonly the subject of events reported by the New York press. Estate conflicts often arise between children of a prior marriage and a…
Rank this Week: 1684

Construction Lawyers Blog

Construction Lawyers Blog

Covers real estate and property law. By Lockhart Park LP.

http://www.constructionlawyers-blog.com/
  • Sep 9

    Defective Stairways can be considered a Patent Construction Defect in California

    Defective Stairways can be considered a Patent Construction Defect in California
    Stairs are not safe!  At least the Court of Appeal in the Second Appellate District of California doesn’t think so. A rail station in Los Angeles was completed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority…
  • Aug 31

    Is The Construction Industry in Arizona Back to Normal?

    Is The Construction Industry in Arizona Back to Normal?
    The Phoenix Metro area is finally pulling out of the Great Recession of 2008.  Potential homebuyers are frantically looking to buy a home before interest rates rise and prices continue their ascent to normalcy.   For the last…
  • Aug 18

    Brief Overview of Rights of Unlicensed Contractors in California

    Brief Overview of Rights of Unlicensed Contractors in California
    Under California Contractor’s State License Law enumerated in Business and Professions Code Sections 7000 to 7191, a contractor may not “bring or maintain” any action for compensation for performing any act or contract for…
Rank this Week: 1995

Texas Attorney Blog

Texas Attorney Blog

Covers construction law, development, mechanic's liens, mortgage lending, premises liability, real estate law & news, rural water utilities, and Texas Supreme Court Updates. By Aimee Hess.

http://www.texasattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 5

    Texas Oil and Gas Industry Attracting Best and Brightest

    Texas Oil and Gas Industry Attracting Best and Brightest
    The oil and gas industry both nationwide and in Texas has provided a steady stream of good economic news. Wells are being drilled and pipelines are being built and investment in infrastructure (particularly in areas with shale gas) and in…
  • Aug 29

    New Texas Permian Basin Pipeline

    New Texas Permian Basin Pipeline
    Another new oil pipeline is being laid in the Delaware Basin in Texas, which is part of the greater Permian Basin in west Texas. According to Benjamin Shattuck, an analyst with energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, “(t)he Permian is…
  • Aug 22

    The Risk of Signing Something You Don’t Read

    The Risk of Signing Something You Don’t Read
    As a Texas oil and gas attorney, I often explain to clients how important it is to be smart and review oil and gas leases, contracts and other legal documents before signing anything. So many people sign documents without reading or…
Rank this Week: 1770

Real Property & Development Review

Real Property & Development Review

Covers real estate, construction, and land use laws in the Pacific Northwest. By Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP.

http://www.dwtrealpropertyreview.com/
Rank this Week: 1865

K&L Gates Construction Law…

K&L Gates Construction Law Blog

Covers legal issues, news, and regulations relating to the construction industry. By K&L Gates.

http://www.klconstructionlawblog.com/
  • Sep 4

    Issues to Consider When Doing Business in Qatar

    Issues to Consider When Doing Business in Qatar
    As part of K&L Gates’ commitment to continuing professional development, the construction and disputes resolution lawyers in our Doha office regularly discuss relevant legal issues that arise while advising clients in Qatar, giving…
  • Jul 31

    Changes Made to the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law to Protect Holders of Open-End Mortgages and Residential Property Owner

    Changes Made to the Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Law to Protect Holders of Open-End Mortgages and Residential Property Owner
    By Raymond P. Pepe, K&L Gates, Harrisburg Mechanics’ liens grant contractors and subcontractors an interest in improvements made to real property to secure the payment obligations of owners to contractors, and of contractors to…
  • Jul 30

    The Perennial Question of Concurrent Delay - The English Viewpoint

    The Perennial Question of Concurrent Delay - The English Viewpoint
    By Mike R. Stewart and Mary E. Lindsay, K&L Gates, London Concurrent delay remains a perennial issue in construction contracts and the disputes arising out of those contracts.  The classic situation of “concurrent…
Rank this Week: 2103

Hart, King & Coldren Blog

Hart, King & Coldren Blog

Covers California real estate law.

http://www.hkclaw.com/topic/blog/
  • Sep 2

    Effective Use of Workplace Violence Petitions in Your Community

    Effective Use of Workplace Violence Petitions in Your Community
    This article by Patrick Bruso originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of The Journal. Posted with Permission Manufactured Home Communities (MHC) are typically very nice communities in which to live and work. Everyone gets along and…
  • Sep 2

    Effective Use of Workplace Violence Petitions in Your Community

    Effective Use of Workplace Violence Petitions in Your Community
    This article by Patrick Bruso originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of The Journal. Posted with Permission Manufactured Home Communities (MHC) are typically very nice communities in which to live and work. Everyone gets along and…
  • Aug 27

    Earthquakes & Other Disasters: Are You Prepared?

    Earthquakes & Other Disasters: Are You Prepared?
    As reported by major media outlets, a 6.0 earthquake hit Northern California this past Sunday morning. As a result of this unpredictable disaster, some mobilehomes in a Napa area mobilehome park were knocked off their foundations and suffered…
Rank this Week: 1567

Utah Water Rights and Water Law

Utah Water Rights and Water Law

Features case law summaries, legislative updates, and informative articles about Utah water law. By Jeff Gittins.

http://www.utahwaterrights.blogspot.com
  • Aug 30

    Southam v. South Despain Ditch Company

    Southam v. South Despain Ditch Company
    Yesterday the Utah Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Southam v. South Despain Ditch Company.  This case could have significant impact on how water companies are allowed to regulate and limit share transfers.This case…
  • Jul 15

    Priority Cuts on the Virgin River and Tributarie

    Priority Cuts on the Virgin River and Tributarie
    Water Users on the Virgin River and Associated Tributaries Including:North Fork, North Creek, Ash Creek, La Verkin Creek,Quail Creek, Leeds Creek, Leap Creek, Toquerville SpringsDue to extremely dry conditions over the last 3 years, the…
  • Jun 13

    Public Meeting Concerning the Proposed Determination Within the Ash Creek Division

    Public Meeting Concerning the Proposed Determination Within the Ash Creek Division
    The Utah Division of Water Rights has set a public meeting to discuss the proposed determination of water rights within the Ash Creek Division of the Virgin River Drainage (Book 81-3). The following information is from the public…
Rank this Week: 2008

HOA Law Blog

HOA Law Blog

Covers California HOA law issues, including HOA governance, foreclosures and ARC enforcement. By Tinnelly Law Group.

http://hoalaw.tinnellylaw.com/
  • Aug 26

    New Client: Wildflower Community Association

    New Client: Wildflower Community Association
    We are proud to announce that Wildflower Community Association has selected Tinnelly Law Group as their association's legal counsel. Wildflower is a brand new neighborhood in the city of Moreno Valley being developed by D.R. Horton. The…
  • Aug 19

    Riding Motorized Scooters in HOA Common Areas?

    Riding Motorized Scooters in HOA Common Areas?
    *Asked & Answered Asked - We have continued problems with unruly, unsupervised, and destructive children in our community's common areas. They ride motorized scooters, skateboards, bikes, etc. all throughout our walkways and have…
  • Aug 4

    New Client: The Orchards Community Association

    New Client: The Orchards Community Association
    We are proud to announce that The Orchards Community Association has selected Tinnelly Law Group as their association's legal counsel. The Orchards is located in Tustin Ranch, within walking distance to shopping, dining, and theaters in the…
Rank this Week: 2085

Investment Law Blog

Investment Law Blog

Covers business, real estate and property law. By Catherine DeBono Holmes of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://www.investmentlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2016

Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyer…

Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers real estate law. By Theodora Oringher PC.

http://www.losangelesrealestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 21

    Arbitration Provisions – If You Don’t Have Notice, You May Not Be Bound

    Arbitration Provisions – If You Don’t Have Notice, You May Not Be Bound
    James Madison said that: “In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.” The drafters of the California Constitution…
  • Jul 14

    The Risks Of Contracting Without A License In California

    The Risks Of Contracting Without A License In California
    It is critical for contractors in California to be familiar with the key provisions of the Contractors’ State License Law (CSLL) (§7000 et seq.) The CSLL requires that contractors performing construction work on California roads,…
  • Jun 17

    Why I’m Grateful For Our Imperfect Civil Law System

    Why I’m Grateful For Our Imperfect Civil Law System
    Winston Churchill once said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I sometimes feel the same way about our civil law system for resolving disputes. Simple breach of contract cases can take…
Rank this Week: 1732

Central California Law Blog

Central California Law Blog

Discusses business, property and consumer debt issues. By Ken Jorgensen.

http://fresno-law.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 8

    Buying a Home? Make Sure the Agent Considers You a "Client" and not a "Customer"

    Buying a Home? Make Sure the Agent Considers You a "Client" and not a "Customer"
    Buying a home in Fresno, California?  If yes, the house will likely be listed by a real estate agent.  This article is written for those of you that decide to buy the house from the listing agent.  (You know, you called the…
  • Jun 30

    Riley v. California: Privacy in the contents of a Cell Phone?

    Riley v. California: Privacy in the contents of a Cell Phone?
    Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in a case regarding the privacy a person can expect from the contents within a cell phone.  As an attorney, I have slowly began text messaging clients and I and my can have come to expect…
  • Jun 27

    Wrongful Foreclosure: "MERS" Is Found Clear of Wrongdoing by 9th Circuit

    Wrongful Foreclosure: "MERS" Is Found Clear of Wrongdoing by 9th Circuit
    Foreclosed homeowners hate "MERS", or Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.  MERS has wrongfully foreclosed on thousands of homeowners through their shoddy record keeping practices.  Despite its horrible reputation, this…
Rank this Week: 2186

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1882

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Commentary and insight on the complex, multifaceted area of land use in Hawaii. By Jesse Souki.

http://hilanduse.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1550

Breaking Ground: What's New in…

Breaking Ground: What's New in Real Estate Law

Updates in real estate law including leasing, financing, corporate real estate, environmental law. By Sherin and Lodgen.

http://blog.sherin.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery

    A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery
    Written by: Anthony L. DeProspo Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently affirmed an Appeals Court decision…
  • Jul 8

    Massachusetts Registered Land - A Primer

    Massachusetts Registered Land - A Primer
    Written by: Andrew Royce Many out-of-state attorneys and real estate professionals are unfamiliar with the existence of registered land in Massachusetts.  Approximately 15 to 20% of Massachusetts land is registered, meaning that title is…
  • Jun 30

    2014 Massachusetts Solar Update

    2014 Massachusetts Solar Update
    Written by: Bethany A. Bartlett  SREC II: It seems we hardly knew you.  In April of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published amendments to 225 CMR 14.00 creating the next generation of the Solar…
Rank this Week: 1633

Campanella Law Blog

Campanella Law Blog

Covers recent court decisions, pending legislation, real estate updates and business matters.

http://campanellalawfirm.com/blog/
  • May 26

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Happy Memorial Day!
    In commemoration of all those who have served for and/or given their lives for our great country since its inception, I offer the following poem for your reading pleasure. It’s a wonderful verse that I found which truly captures the…
  • Dec 23

    A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY THANK YOU AND MESSAGE

    A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY THANK YOU AND MESSAGE
    At this time of year, it’s all too easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while forgetting the true meaning of the season. As 2013 draws to a close and I look back on … Continue reading →
  • Nov 28

    May the Spirit of Thanksgiving Touch You and Yours Today!

    May the Spirit of Thanksgiving Touch You and Yours Today!
    In memory of our humble beginnings and the official start of Thanksgiving in America, I offer you the following Proclamation delivered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that gave rise to our annual celebration of family, friends and a counting of…
Rank this Week: 1612

Indiana Real Property and…

Indiana Real Property and Environmental Law Report

Comments on Indiana real estate, land use and environmental cases. By Jeff Lorenzo.

http://indianarealpropertylaw.com/
  • Apr 27

    Elkhart’s Lusher Street Superfund Site Requires Aditional Remedial Action

    Elkhart’s Lusher Street Superfund Site Requires Aditional Remedial Action
    The Elkhart Truth reports that the EPA has determined that about 70 properties on the city’s near-west side should be connected to city water because of groundwater contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency is also…
  • Apr 26

    IDEM’s Tom Easterly Says the Obama Climate Change Plan is Bad for Indiana

    IDEM’s Tom Easterly Says the Obama Climate Change Plan is Bad for Indiana
    The Northwest Indiana Times reports that IDEM’s Tom Easterly believes that the Obama Administration climate change plan is bad for Indiana. An interesting position from the official charged with enforcement of Indiana’s…
  • Apr 25

    Seventh Circuit Finds that Title Company Complied with Escrow Instruction

    Seventh Circuit Finds that Title Company Complied with Escrow Instruction
    From the Seventh Circuit we have Edelman vs. Belco Title & Escrow, finding that a title company complied with its escrow instructions and had no liability to an investor in the real estate project.   Plaintiffs invested $3…
Rank this Week: 1961

Legal Update

Legal Update

Covers real estate law and business law. By Peter Moulinos.

http://www.moulinos.com/blog/
  • Apr 2

    MTA Property Can Be Subject to Adverse Possession Peter Moulinos Moulinos & Associate

    MTA Property Can Be Subject to Adverse Possession Peter Moulinos Moulinos & Associate
    In a unique action brought against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) the Court ruled that property belonging to the MTA is not immune from adverse possession. In Brocho V’Hatzlocho Corp. v. MTA, the Plaintiff…
  • Apr 2

    Time Warner Condo Board Buys Unit On Behalf of Rejected Purchaser Peter Moulinos Moulinos & Associate

    Time Warner Condo Board Buys Unit On Behalf of Rejected Purchaser Peter Moulinos Moulinos & Associate
    The Condominium Board at the Time Warner Center Condominiums was allowed to exercise its right of first refusal and purchase a condominium unit on behalf of a prior prospective purchaser who was unable to purchase the unit from the Seller. In…
  • Mar 16

    Are Home Inspections Necessary by Natalie Frazier

    Are Home Inspections Necessary by Natalie Frazier
    This is a common question from first time homebuyers in the city. Opinions vary as to their usefulness in NYC home purchases, but here are some basic things to consider when tossing around the idea of getting an inspection. With the right…
Rank this Week: 1870

the wasserblawg

the wasserblawg

Provides Chicago residential real estate information for buyers and sellers. By Michael H. Wasserman.

http://wasserblawg.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    FNMA Extends Spring First Look Closing Cost Promo

    FNMA Extends Spring First Look Closing Cost Promo
    by Michael H. WassermanThe spring 3.5% closing cost credit incentive offered on newly listed Fannie Mae “HomePath” properties has been extended for one more month. Introduced back in February, the original program applied to…
  • Mar 25

    EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Return of the Sub-Prime Loan

    EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Return of the Sub-Prime Loan
    The mortgage industry is poised to start making sub-prime mortgage loans again. CNN Money reports that several smaller lenders are now offering loan products to borrowers with credit scores of 640 and lower. Last month, Wells announced it…
  • Mar 9

    Say it Ain't So: Low (No) Down Payment Real Estate Investing Making a Comeback ?

    Say it Ain't So: Low (No) Down Payment Real Estate Investing Making a Comeback ?
    by Michael H. WassermanApparently, we have learned nothing over the last 8 years. Folks are actually starting to tout no and low down payment loans again. Worse yet, many consumers seem ready to follow their suggestions.Back before the bubble…
Rank this Week: 1936

Aaron Morris' Business Law Alert

Aaron Morris' Business Law Alert

Provides information and insight for businesses.

http://www.businesslawalert.com/
  • Jan 9

    Morris & Stone Wins $1.5 Million for Internet Defamation Victim

    Morris & Stone Wins $1.5 Million for Internet Defamation Victim
    In this case, we represented a business and the individual who owns that business. The defendant, a medical doctor named Pankaj Karan, was starting his own business, MDTelexchange, and traveled to an overseas company also owned by our client…
  • Aug 21

    Simple Legal Concept Eludes Many Attorney

    Simple Legal Concept Eludes Many Attorney
    The case of former Desperate Housewife, Nicolette Sheridan, illustrates a simple legal concept that escapes many attorneys and their clients. Your case has to make sense.
  • Aug 21

    Simple Legal Concept Alludes Many Attorney

    Simple Legal Concept Alludes Many Attorney
    The case of former Desperate Housewife, Nicolette Sheridan, illustrates a simple legal concept that escapes many attorneys and their clients. Your case has to make sense.
Rank this Week: 1685

Ozarks Law & Economy

Ozarks Law & Economy

Tracks developments in Missouri real estate law and economic development in the Ozarks area of Missouri and Arkansas. By Harry Styron.

http://styronblog.com/
  • Dec 3

    Damming the Osage: The Conflicted Story of…

    Damming the Osage: The Conflicted Story of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir by Leland and Crystal Payton. Published by Lens & Pen Press, 4067 Franklin, Springfield MO 65807, $25 postpaid. See http://www.dammingtheosage.com Leland…
  • Oct 25

    Obtaining copies of Missouri surveys and plats online

    Obtaining copies of Missouri surveys and plats online
    Getting a copy of an old subdivision plat or survey isn’t difficult, but it can require a visit to a county recorder’s office, which may or may not have the ability to print the plat or survey on one sheet of paper or to give it…
  • Oct 23

    Timeshare resale scam uses my name. Ugh.

    Timeshare resale scam uses my name. Ugh.
    I received a call today from a man who claimed I advised him a few days ago send $800 to a timeshare resale company called Timeshare Concepts. I told the man that I didn’t remember having spoken to him. He claimed that I had answered…
Rank this Week: 1733

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 1668

Florida Commercial News

Florida Commercial News

Covers Florida real estate, construction, finance and land development. By Eckstein Schechter Law.

http://www.floridacommercialnews.com/
Rank this Week: 2198

SF Bay Area Real Estate and…

SF Bay Area Real Estate and Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers trends, news and legal developments in the California real estate, bankruptcy and business legal communities. By David C. Winton.

http://dcwintonlaw.com
  • Nov 19

    What to do (and what NOT to do) leading up to a Bankruptcy Filing

    What to do (and what NOT to do) leading up to a Bankruptcy Filing
    After years of representing clients in bankruptcy, I have assembled a short list of things to do and not do in the 90 (or so) days leading up to a bankruptcy filing.  This list is not exhaustive, nor are these set in stone.  Just some good…
  • Oct 19

    What is a “statute of limitations” and how does it work?

    What is a “statute of limitations” and how does it work?
    In my January, 2011 blogpost with the catchy title “California anti-deficiency rules redux: California’s new anti-deficiency component, CCP §580e, protects short sellers on first mortgages” and my March, 2010 post on tax issues in…
  • Sep 21

    Dodd-Frank Certifications, HAMP, HAFA…Huh?

    Dodd-Frank Certifications, HAMP, HAFA…Huh?
    I was recently introduced to a concept which is being loosely described as a “Dodd-Frank Certification,” by which homeowners can apparently get juniors liens (seconds, thirds, etc.) reduced or fully extinguished if they meet certain…
Rank this Week: 1710

wyomingcondolaw

wyomingcondolaw

Covers the development, governance and management of community associations, including condominiums, homeowners' associations and mixed use projects. By Lincoln Hobbs.

http://wyomingcondolaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 4

    Challenge to Conversion Prohibition

    Challenge to Conversion Prohibition
    It appears there's a dispute brewing in Jackson Hole about the ability of a municipality to restrict conversions of apartments to condominiums.
  • Feb 15

    Riverview Heights HOA v. Rislov

    Riverview Heights HOA v. Rislov
    There's a new Wyoming Opinion respecting the amendment of community association governing documents, and it's likely to be followed in other jurisdictions. The case arose over a prohibition against manufactured housing; the prohibition had…
  • Mar 26

    Design Committee Rebuked by Wyoming Court

    Design Committee Rebuked by Wyoming Court
    In the case of Dwan v. Indian Springs Ranch Homeowners Association, Inc. 186 P.3d 1199 (Wyo. 2008), the Wyoming Supreme Court reversed a trial court's decision which had affirmed the Association's Design, Environment and Wildlife Committee…
Rank this Week: 1769

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    Solar Panels, HOAs, and Condominiums in North Carolina

    Solar Panels, HOAs, and Condominiums in North Carolina
    Our modern society is always looking for opportunities to limit our footprint on the environment and to increase sustainability in a modern world.  Wind, solar, and other renewable resources are common topics of conversation.  As…
  • Sep 3

    A Radio Tower in Every Yard?

    A Radio Tower in Every Yard?
    Most often the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (also known as the “CCR’s,” “Declaration of Condominium,” “Restrictions,” or by other names) is the highest governing document…
  • Aug 26

    Law Seminar Best Manuscript Award: Community Association Voting

    Law Seminar Best Manuscript Award: Community Association Voting
    Following this year’s national CAI Community Association (HOA and condo) Law Seminar, the College of Community Association Lawyers presented a “Best Manuscript Award” for the presentation with the best accompanying…
Rank this Week: 2975

HindmanSanchez Law Blog

HindmanSanchez Law Blog

Covers Colorado community association law. By HindmanSanchez.

http://www.hindmansanchez.com/blog
  • Sep 17

    CAI National Call for Action

    CAI National Call for Action
    On September 11, 2014, I wrote about the proposed bill before the US Congress that would invalidate community association rules and architectural standards regarding amateur radio antennas and towers.  CAI has sent out a call for action…
  • Sep 17

    CAI National Call for Action

    CAI National Call for Action
    On September 11, 2014, I wrote about the proposed bill before the US Congress that would invalidate community association rules and architectural standards regarding amateur radio antennas and towers.  CAI has sent out a call for action…
  • Sep 11

    Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

    Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014
    I always wanted a CB radio when I was growing up so that I could have a “handle” and be cool like Smokey and the Bandit.  But, times do change, and instead of hawking out “breaker, breaker”, I’m now…
Rank this Week: 3211

The Energy Law Blog

The Energy Law Blog

Covers oil and gas exploration, development, and marketing on the Gulf Coast. By Liskow and Lewis.

http://www.theenergylawblog.com/
  • Sep 16

    Trans Energy Settlement Shows Need for E&P Wetlands Compliance Strategy

    Trans Energy Settlement Shows Need for E&P Wetlands Compliance Strategy
    By Robert E. Holden and Lesley F. Pietras On September 2, 2014, the Department of Justice announced a settlement in United States v. Trans Energy, Inc., No. 14-117 (N.D.W.Va.), requiring the oil and gas company to pay $3 million in civil…
  • Aug 29

    BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit Changes the Playing Field on the OCS

    BSEE's Investigations and Review Unit Changes the Playing Field on the OCS
    By Bob Holden, Dee Taylor, and Jillian Marullo The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE’s) Investigations and Review Unit (IRU) substantially enhances the civil and criminal enforcement of the Outer Continental…
  • Aug 4

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule
    By John S. Gray and Carlos J. Moreno Prompted by concerns heightened by several recent high profile train derailments and accidents, coupled with the boom in the number of oil-carrying trains, the Obama administration, through the Pipeline…
Rank this Week: 4401

Sever | Storey Blog

Sever | Storey Blog

Covers eminent domain issues in the States of Indiana, North Carolina and Illinois.

http://www.landownerattorneys.com/blog
  • Sep 16

    County uses eminent domain to acquire bank lot

    County uses eminent domain to acquire bank lot
    Miami County commissioners have targeted three properties to purchase to help regain the parking they will lose once the new county jail is built on the lot south of the Administration Building, but one of the three property owners…
  • Sep 16

    New Eminent Domain Law May Require Business-Litigation Approach To Condemnation Case

    New Eminent Domain Law May Require Business-Litigation Approach To Condemnation Case
    The Charlottesville paper recently ran an interesting story about how local road improvement projects will test the limits and scope of the Commonwealth's new eminent domain law.  The new laws are comprised of reforms passed in 2007 and…
  • Sep 10

    Improvements Coming to SR 32 as Part of Eastern Corridor

    Improvements Coming to SR 32 as Part of Eastern Corridor
    The Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced improvements that will be made in the Eastgate area as part of the Eastern Corridor program. Plans include widening state Route 32 between Eastgate Boulevard and Olive…
Rank this Week: 3121

California Eminent Domain Report

California Eminent Domain Report

Covers condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings in California. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.californiaeminentdomainreport.com
  • Sep 15

    Challenging the Right to Take: What Happens When a Government Agency Requires a Property that is Already Devoted to a Public Use?

    Challenging the Right to Take: What Happens When a Government Agency Requires a Property that is Already Devoted to a Public Use?
    Often times government agencies require property for a public project that is already put to a public use. What are the acquiring agency’s options, assuming an agreement cannot be reached prior to filing a condemnation action? 1. …
  • Sep 15

    Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding

    Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding
    Good news California:  local projects are continuing to receive federal funding.  Caltrans announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted nearly $35 million in TIGER funds to six local and regional…
  • Sep 8

    Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchise

    Considering the Eminent Domain of Sports Franchise
    In a thought-provoking article, Anthony F. Della Pelle considers the interesting question of whether the City of Los Angeles could simply “take” the LA Clippers via eminent domain.  One might typically associate…
Rank this Week: 3906

Sacramento Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Sacramento Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers commercial leasing and creditor's rights. By the Law Office of Kristina M. Reed.

http://www.sacramentorealestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 15

    Good News for Small Business Owners: Employee Insurance Premiums Have Not Increased Much

    Good News for Small Business Owners: Employee Insurance Premiums Have Not Increased Much
    In the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACT), which is also colloquially known as "Obamacare," many small business owners and potential small business owners have been deeply concerned about the cost of employee health insurance.…
  • Sep 7

    Los Angeles Mayor Proposes $13.25 Minimum Wage

    Los Angeles Mayor Proposes $13.25 Minimum Wage
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed this week that the city raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. The current minimum wage in Los Angeles is $9.00 per hour. This is the minimum wage for all of California, but some cities throughout…
  • Sep 1

    Texas and California Go Head to Head Over Businesse

    Texas and California Go Head to Head Over Businesse
    Every state wants to attract businesses. Whether it is an existing business, or a brand new startup, politicians are always courting business people to move to their jurisdiction. While there are usually many states (or cities within states)…
Rank this Week: 3550

Ruminations

Ruminations

Covers concepts and misconceptions in the practice of retail real estate law. By Meislik & Meislik.

http://www.retailrealestatelaw.com/
  • Sep 14

    We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, That All Rents Are Not Created Equal. What Does “Present Value” Mean?

    We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, That All Rents Are Not Created Equal. What Does “Present Value” Mean?
    PrintEveryone knows that a dollar received today is better than a dollar received a year from now. Many realize that it is advantageous to pay a dollar a year from now rather than pay it today. That’s the “time value of…
  • Sep 7

    Electricity (For Leases, Etc.) Explained And Possibly Demystified

    Electricity (For Leases, Etc.) Explained And Possibly Demystified
    PrintNothing in today’s Ruminations posting should shock its readers. We’re sure that more than a few readers know that calling for 600 amp electrical service doesn’t assure that you’ll get usable electrical…
  • Aug 31

    Show Me The Ink! Why?

    Show Me The Ink! Why?
    PrintWe could be writing about electronic signatures, and we will before readers get to the end of today’s posting. Mercifully, as is our habit on holiday weekends, we’ll be relatively short today – not in height or stature,…
Rank this Week: 3267

Accessibility Defense

Accessibility Defense

Covers the defense of accessibility claims under the ADA and FHA. By Richard Hunt.

http://accessdefense.com
  • Sep 14

    The Tenth Circuit makes the ADA 2010 Standards a true safe harbor for business.

    The Tenth Circuit makes the ADA 2010 Standards a true safe harbor for business.
    A door is just a door, no matter how grand. That is what the Tenth Circuit’s held in Colorado Cross Disability Coal. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., 2014 WL 4290589 (10th Cir. 2014) when it reaffirmed what businesses have…
  • Sep 7

    ADA and FHA Policies – One size does not fit all.

    ADA and FHA Policies – One size does not fit all.
    “Defendants cannot guarantee that an individual employee will not act inappropriately in a particular instance. However, under the ADA, Defendants can and must ensure that they adopt the proper policies and procedures to train their…
  • Aug 26

    “Disability” and “Handicap” are not the same, and it matter

    “Disability” and “Handicap” are not the same, and it matter
    Many lawyers and governmental entities believe that anyone who is “disabled” for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  must also be handicapped for purposes of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This used to be…
Rank this Week: 2866

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Sep 12

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back

    ‘No down payment’ mortgages are back
    Remember “no down payment” mortgages? These were the kinds of loans that often led to foreclosures during the real estate bust a few years ago. They’re making a comeback – but in a different form. In their new…
  • Aug 22

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb

    Rents for apartments and businesses are continuing to climb
    Apartment rents rose 3.2% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period of last year, according to a study by research firm Reis Inc. Rents are up 13% across the country on average since 2009. And there’s reason to think that…
  • Aug 12

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?

    Want to build a second home next to your current one?
    Many cities have liberalized their zoning laws in recent years to allow people who live in single-family homes to add a second home on their property. They can do this by creating a basement apartment, building an “add-on”…
Rank this Week: 3247

New York & New Jersey Real Estate…

New York & New Jersey Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers real estate law. By Samuel C Berger, PC.

http://www.newjerseyrealestatelawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2690

Freed Marcroft Blog

Freed Marcroft Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, family, real estate, litigation, business and non-profit planning, and LGBT immigration law.

http://freedmarcroft.com/category/blog/
  • Sep 11

    Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Familie

    Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Familie
    We were recently invited to attend the Connecticut Department of Development Services Resource Fair Family Forum Open House at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The goal of the open house was to help families secure resources related to developmental…
  • Aug 13

    Supplemental Needs Trusts for Special Family Member

    Supplemental Needs Trusts for Special Family Member
    One major concern for families who have a family member with special needs is what happens to that person when his or her primary caregiver or advocate, often a parent or family member, passes away or is unable to continue as the primary…
  • Jun 18

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse

    Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesse
    The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced that it is holding three Step Up Employers Conferences, all free of charge, to provide information to Connecticut employers interested in learning more about subsidized training and…
Rank this Week: 2904

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

Covers legal issues associated with geospatial data and technology. Published by Kevin Pomfret.

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 9

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (September 9, 2014)

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (September 9, 2014)
    PrivacyIs There Any Progress On Location Privacy Protection?  (Sensors & Systems)Massive Celebrity Hacking Shows Need For Technology Companies To Give Us A Better Default  (Forbes)The legal and practical realities of…
  • Jun 1

    Geospatial Data Licensing for Non-lawyers (Webinar)

    Geospatial Data Licensing for Non-lawyers (Webinar)
    Last week I presented a webinar hosted by LocationTech on Geospatial Data Licensing. The presentation was geared for non-lawyers and can be found here.  It is also available on YouTube here.  Thanks to Andrew Ross and the Eclipse…
  • May 9

    White House Big Data and Privacy Report: Wake Up Call for Geospatial Community?

    White House Big Data and Privacy Report: Wake Up Call for Geospatial Community?
    On May 1, the White House released a report: "Big Data: A Technological Perspective". The report was prepared by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a group of leading scientists and engineers that make…
Rank this Week: 4380