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What’s Mine, Is Yours - Adverse Possession Against the Co-Owner in West Virginia

The question of whose land and/or minerals is whose in West Virginia is as old as the Appalachian Mountains. When it comes to natural gas titles and possession, one must take heed. Adverse possession is a doctrine under...more

Deed Warranties and Why They Should Matter To You

You're negotiating to buy a piece of real estate and your attorney tells you that the seller is proposing to give you a "Special Warranty Deed" in exchange for all of the money you will pay. Special Warranty Deed - that...more

Neither a Will Nor Gift Deed?

This narrative about a daughter gone bad is for title examiners, landmen and moralists. Business development persons, skip straight to the lesson. The background Elvira owned a home and lived with Johnny. Elvira and...more

Supreme Court of South Carolina sides with MERS in Kubic v. MERSCORP Holdings, Inc.

On March 30 2016, the Supreme Court of South Carolina weighed in on the attempts of several South Carolina counties to make Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems, Inc. (MERS), and its member banks pay for the correction...more

Washing Out a Lessee By Email

Behold Mr. Clean. Even he can’t remove a pesky stain as skillfully as the landman who framed the conversation in a way that washed out a lessee. See Anadarko Petroleum Corporation v. TRO-X, LP Did the lessee retain any...more

New 2016 ALTA/NSPS Survey Standards Now In Effect

In the real estate survey world, boundaries are shifting. In October of 2015, the American Land Title Association (“ALTA”) and National Society of Professional Surveyors (“NSPS”)[1] approved the 206 Minimum Standard Details...more

Changes to 2016 ALTA Survey Standards – What You Need to Know

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) recently adopted revised Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. The new standards became...more

Molek v. Molek and Parol Partitions

Oral agreements to partition lands are tricky situations that must be dealt with carefully when analyzing the title to a piece of property. Known legally as parol partitions, these agreements often arise in the context of...more

Important Changes Resulting from New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards

As a follow up to my colleague Allan Caggiano’s post on the new 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards, the Planning & Zoning Resource Company (PZR) has recently circulated an important advisory on the practical effects...more

Surveying the Changes

Effective today, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) announced changes to the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (the...more

2016 ALTA/NSPS (formerly ALTA/ACSM) Land Title Survey Standards

On February 23, 2016, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will become effective (superseding the 2011 ALTA/ACSM standards)....more

Changes to Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys Coming in February

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) and National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have announced changes to the standards for the minimum standard detail requirements for land title surveys of real property....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #2

New Legislation Limits Tax Sharing Agreements - California Senate Bill (SB) 533, which was signed into law in October 2015, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and limits local government from executing tax-sharing...more

Mechanics’ Lien Standard Exception in Owner’s Policies

As you, the buyer, pour over the voluminous stack of documents, disclosures and notices provided to you by the title company in connection with the impending closing of your real estate transaction, you will invariably come...more

“An Act Clearing Titles to Foreclosed Properties” in Massachusetts … Maybe

On November 25, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker did what his predecessor, Deval Patrick, did not do -- he signed “An Act Clearing Titles to Foreclosed Properties” (the “Act”), which is designed to clear legal title for...more

Ohio Supreme Court Issues Second Key Decision Interpreting Dormant Mineral Act

On November 5, 2015, in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., et al. v. Kenneth Buell, et al., 2015-Ohio-4551, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its second decision interpreting Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (the “ODMA”). The ODMA is a...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 11, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Adverse Possession: appellant entitled to judgment quieting title in her favor because appellant’s predecessor in title had adversely possessed disputed strip of land by having it enclosed by a...more

The Defaulting Seller and a Notice of Lis Pendens

After months of searching, you have finally found the house of your dreams, and much to your delight the Seller has accepted your offer of $500,000. You deposit your $15,000 “earnest money” with the escrow company, and an...more

Failure to File Post-Trial Motions Waives Issues

A panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a taxpayer that did not file post-trial motions waived all issues on appeal. M.C.& P.K. Lees, Inc. v. W.R. Capenos, 215 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 282. The purchaser at a tax...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 19, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Tax Deed Sale/Due Process: after certified letter notifying property owner of tax deed sale returned unopened and unclaimed, due process required clerk of court take reasonable steps to notify...more

The Essential Guide to UK Real Estate

This Essential Guide provides an overview of the legal and regulatory issues likely to affect developers, occupiers and investors in UK real estate. Real estate - Real estate law in England and Wales can trace...more

Titling Property & Same-Sex Couples in Kentucky

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hear the case that could decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans once and for all, legal ground in that area is now uncertain territory. Currently, however, Kentucky does not recognize...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update

Eminent Domain/Deposit Funds: plaintiff’s right to interest on funds placed on deposit with Clerk during eminent domain proceedings pursuant to section 74.051, Florida Statutes (2007) needed to be resolved in initial takings...more

Title Insurers Face a Decade of New Challenges

Title insurers have emerged from a tumultuous decade. In 2004, amid a record housing boom and unprecedented wave of refinancing, insurers could barely keep up with intense pressure to sign up more issuing agents to close more...more

CT Law of the Land

AC35612 - Greenwood Manor, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission - During a review of its current zoning regulations, the attorney for a property owner wrote to the planning commission and strongly urged it to downgrade...more

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