Land Trust

There are two distinctly different definitions of the term land trust: the first refers to a non-profit organization’s stewardship over a piece of land for the purpose of preserving it, or to assist in its conservation. The second type of land trust is an agreement in which an individual (the “trustee”) agrees to hold title or ownership of a piece […]

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An easement is a legal right to occupy or use another person’s land for specific purposes. The use of the land is limited, and the original owner retains legal title of the land. A legally binding easement must be made in writing, the exact location stipulated in the property’s deed. Easements most commonly grant utility companies access for the purpose […]

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Eminent Domain

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids the taking of private property for public use without “just compensation.” The authority of Federal, state, and local governments to take private property for public use, providing just compensation to the owner, is called “eminent domain.” Real estate, or land, is not the only property subject to eminent domain law, but water […]

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