is a topic that has hit the mainstream. A&E has a television show called,
"Hoarders." TLC has a television show titled, "Hoarding: Buried Alive." The
Animal Planet has a television show titled, "Confessions: Animal...
By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP
Increasingly, states and municipalities are requiring buildings within their jurisdictions to perform energy audits or otherwise disclose their energy use, usually referred...
much talked about rapture did not come to fruition last week, there is
one big sign -- emerging out of the waters in the Netherlands -- that
the apocalypse may still be near. As the New York Times recently
reported in its story, "...
In the past week or so mandatory arbitration has been all the rage. From those that argue that arbitration is becoming more burdensome than litigation , to my friend and fellow construction attorney Scott Wolfe who gives great advice on how to make arbitration...
Recently, a Florida appellate court was asked to review
the legal sufficiency of claims that a condominium developer and its escrow
agent violated the requirements of section 718.202, Florida Statutes (2006), regarding
pre-closing deposits by the buyers...
Recently, a Colorado district court held that the timely filing of a 15
U.S.C. § 1635 notice of rescission will not toll the time limit for a
mortgagee to sue on his rescission rights. In Barry v. Countrywide Home Loans , F.S.B. , 2011 U.S. Dist...
The Fairfax, Virginia Circuit Court recently reminded us all of how
strictly the Virginia courts will read an insurance policy or contract.
In Dent v. Allstate Indemnity Co. ,
the court looked at a homeowners policy and whether coverage existed...
By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ
Seller Couldn't Sit Back & Watch Construction Project Unfold
Massachusetts appeals judges have been mighty busy this summer issuing real estate decisions. From the forced removal of condo buildings to toxic mold...
The New York Times recently reported on the lengths celebrities go to in order to maintain their anonymity when buying property in New York City (" Keep My Boldface Name Out Of It "). Real estate brokers interviewed for the article described...
In this Analysis, William M. Hensley examines two
recent unpublished California Court of Appeal decisions, one on estoppel
certificates and one on the proper construction given to multiple unlawful
detainer notices. The cases are important for attorneys...
Excerpted from Infobytes , a weekly electronic
newsletter on developments in financial services law from BuckleySandler LLP .
For the full issue of Infobytes , click here: http://www.buckleysandler.com/infobyte-detail/september-16-2011
this Analysis, Darwin L. King CPA and Edward D. King discuss the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Service tax tips that have been
published over the last five years including legislative changes that
landowners must be aware...
As we enter 2012 expectations for the new year are in all of our
thoughts. The best laid plans are made and possibilities seem endless.
New Year's resolutions will be made (and possibly broken).
As a construction attorney here in Virginia...
By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. and Mary M. Pfaff
The continuing downdraft in the housing economy has stimulated adoption of a wide variety of consumer protection provisions in real estate laws and statutory requirements for accountability by lenders,...
By the Consumer Financial Services Group
In a move that will directly affect non-bank mortgage lenders, federal regulators have significantly expanded the list of those subject to anti-money laundering regulations to include mortgage lenders and brokers...
By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ
The Real Estate Specialty Court
Established in 1898 and still staffed with only a handful of judges,
the Massachusetts Land Court is the smallest of all the Massachusetts
trial courts. But for real estate practitioners...
You hear about burden of proof a lot in criminal cases. We hear it
on TV and in the news on a regular basis. We hear it so often that it
can be easy to forget that proof is a part of every dispute and/or
trial, including those in my area of practice...
[ Originally published 1/05/12 ]
By: Bruce J. Bergman
Member, Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy
& Fenchel, P.C.;
Author, Bergman on New York
Mortgage Foreclosures , 3 vols, LexisNexis Matthew Bender (rev. 2011)
As any of you that read this construction law blog realize, the Virginia mechanic's lien statute is near and dear to my heart. Because of the already picky and statute driven nature of these powerful but detail oriented tools of collection, any change...
Cases in Real Estate
is a weekly update on real estate law, with legal principles illustrated and
explained by lawsuits from around the country. The topics are wide-ranging for
appeal to a broad spectrum of readers including lawyers, homeowners...
By Richard D. Vetstein, ESQ
Common Eviction Defenses Ruled Unavailable To Squatters Who Lived Rent/Mortgage Free For 3 Years
In a April 10, 2012 ruling, the Massachusetts Appeals Court just made it easier for foreclosing banks to evict squatters...
NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Lead plaintiffs in
a securities class action lawsuit against The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and
others have agreed to settle their claims for more than $26 million, according
to court documents filed yesterday in a New York...
6. Tax Strategies for Transferring Family Homes
From the donor's perspective, the simplest alternative for transferring a family home to children and grandchildren is to make outright gifts of real property interests. In this Analysis, Nancy G...
In the current struggling financial climate, contractors cannot afford to
lose work because of procedural defects in their bids or proposals for
government work. The failure to submit a bid by the deadline established
by the government...
On January 5, 2010, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the availability on its Web site of the revised special information booklet required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures...