Property Law

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Property Law

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Rule Against Perpetuities PodCast

Professors Brown and Grohman offer tips for mastering this complicated doctrine and explain the real-world reasons why students and attorneys need to understand the rule against perpetuities. This podcast discusses material covered in greater depth in Prof. Grohman's related lessons:

  • Rule Against Perpetuities 1: Common Law Rule Against Perpetuities
  • Rule Against Perpetuities 2: Reforms - Cy Pres and Wait-and-See Doctrines
  • Rule Against Perpetuities 3: Reforms - Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities
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Rule Against Perpetuities 2: Reforms - Cy Pres and Wait-and-See Doctrines

This lesson's overall plan is to introduce students to the basic principles involved with two common modifications to the common law Rule Against Perpetuities: Wait-and-See and Cy Pres. The exercise assumes the student is familiar with Possessory Estates, Future Interests, and the common law Rule Against Perpetuities; it is suggested students work through those exercises first.

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Statutory Interpretation

This lesson introduces the student to the doctrine and processes involved in interpreting state and federal statutes.  Statutes are a critical part of every substantive area of the law, so this is important background for every student, legal professional, lawyer and judge.

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Tenancy by the Entirety

This lesson is the third of several addressing the various relationships resulting in the concurrent ownership of property. It is designed to introduce Property students to this tenancy form. The lesson progresses from addressing the traditional elements required to create a tenancy by the entirety, the resulting right of survivorship and the events severing the tenancy. Also, it deals with the status of the tenancy by the entirety under modern statutes.

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Tenancy in Common

This lesson is the second of several addressing the various relationships resulting in the concurrent ownership of property. It is designed to introduce Property students to this tenancy form. The interactive tutorial progresses from addressing the traditional requirements to create a tenancy in common, the lack of right of survivorship and the status of the tenancy in common under modern statutes.

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Termination of Easements

This lesson explores the myriad ways in which easements may be terminated. It begins by focusing on express termination, the most effective way to terminate an easement when the holder of the benefit of the easement agrees to terminate it. The bulk of the interactive tutorial deals with the more complicated problem of termination without the express consent of the benefitted party.

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Title Insurance Basics

This is the first of two lessons on title insurance. Title insurance is a critical component of modern real estate transactions. Anyone buying, selling or owning any interest in real estate, or any lawyer advising or representing such person, needs to know about title insurance. Unfortunately, it's a lot more complicated that the general public believes. This first lesson teaches the basic concepts of title insurance. The next lesson, Title Insurance Coverage, reveals how to determine what title problems are actually covered by a particular policy.

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Title Insurance Coverage

This is the second lesson on title insurance. This lesson is designed to build on what you learned in the first lesson, Title Insurance Basics. Title insurance is a critical component of modern real estate transactions. Anyone buying, selling or owning any interest in real estate, and every lawyer needs to know about title insurance. It's a lot more complicated that the general public believes.

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Water Law Basics: Rights in Ground Water

Who has the right to pump and use ground water -- the water in underground aquifers? The various states in the United States have used a variety of rules to establish rights in ground water. As a practical matter, some of these rules have created problems because states didn't recognize that ground waters and surface waters are often connected.

This lesson provides a review of the five major doctrines that states have employed to decide who has what rights in ground water.

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