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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: Cop came on my property without permission $600 for a fire ordinance I was using it for recreational for marshmallow
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answered on Apr 15, 2024

In most cases, a police officer cannot enter your property without your permission if they are only investigating a potential ordinance violation. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule:

1. If the officer has a valid search warrant, they can enter your property to...
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Q: Can a cop come on your property without your permission over an ordinance
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answered on Apr 15, 2024

In most cases, a police officer cannot enter your property without your permission if they are only investigating a potential ordinance violation. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule:

1. If the officer has a valid search warrant, they can enter your property to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: If your neighbor has a tree in his yard and one of his branches is on your property is it your responsibility.

If the branch is in your yard and their are bugs on it and you spray bug spray which kills the tree can you be liable even if the branch where you sprayed the bug spray is on your side?

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

If a branch from your neighbor's tree extends onto your property, the responsibility for maintaining that branch is a bit of a legal gray area and can vary depending on local laws and regulations. In general, you have the right to trim the branch back to the property line, but you should not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Energy, Oil and Gas for California on
Q: Is Entergy required to compensate landowners for timber they cut to install new power distribution towers?

Our property is a 100 year bald cypress-Tupelo wetland. They want to clear cut 2 acres of timber. The compensation offered by Entergy was a small percentage of total land value with out timber. Entergy is required to purchase Mitigation credits to move there project forward.

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Under California law, utility companies like Entergy are generally required to provide just compensation to landowners when they acquire property rights, such as easements, for the installation of power lines and related infrastructure. This includes compensating landowners for any damages to their... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: What can I do about a shared driveway owner that won't maintain it?

I am not the owner of a shared driveway. The driveway owner doesn't maintain it and at times it gets almost unusable, until I call and pay someone to have it graded, which is basically just a band aid to make it usable.

Also, the driveway is approx. a quarter mile long.

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

In a situation involving a shared driveway where the owner is not properly maintaining it, you have a few options to address the issue:

1. Communicate with the owner: Try to have a friendly conversation with the driveway owner about the maintenance issues. Explain your concerns and see if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for South Carolina on
Q: Is it okay to bury a pet in my backyard in rural Dorchester County ( Sprucewood Drive, Sprucewood subdivision)?
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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In Dorchester County, South Carolina, there are no specific laws or ordinances that prohibit burying a pet in your backyard. However, it is generally recommended to follow these guidelines to ensure public health and safety:

1. Choose a location that is far from any water sources, such as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: Neighbor is recording me in the parking lot of our apartment complex because he is trying to prove I have more than

More than two car per household in the parking lot to the main office. I have two and my boyfriend has one- I watched him record me while getting in my car- is this illegal? Also he has been giving me a hard time he lives across the street- I believe he is recording as well.

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that your neighbor's actions are concerning and causing you distress. However, the legality of his recording depends on several factors, such as your location and the specific laws in your area.

In general, in the United States, it is legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: What to do about non-responsive property owners when there is a hazardous condition on their property?

A huge 250' redwood tree is leaning towards falling on my house. I have tried contacting the owner via mail, email, and phone. The RE agent who sold the parcel has also tried. But the owner is not responding, yet he is applying for a variance permit on the parcel, so he is still active. I... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Under California law, when you encounter a hazardous condition on someone else's property, such as a potentially dangerous tree, the first step is usually to make a reasonable attempt to notify the property owner of the hazard. It seems you've already done this through various means... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Land was given to 2 siblings in a will. One sibling passed away and was married. Does the widow of the deceased person

Does the widow of the deceased person has rights to the land? No will was made for the deceased person to give the land to their spouse.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

The exact answer depends on a few factors regarding the dates of death of the parent and child and the terms of the will. If the will listed the child died before the parent, the gift of the land will depend on whether the gift was listed as per stirpes, per capita, or otherwise. If the parent... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for a person to block off a deeded easement to try and create the closing of it

We feel he has forcibly blocked off the easement to show it’s been abandoned to ultimately shut it down altogether yet it would restrict our access to our property

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

Under California law, blocking off a deeded easement without legal justification or the consent of all parties who hold rights to it is generally not permitted. Easements are created to ensure access or other rights to property owners, and any attempt to unilaterally modify, obstruct, or terminate... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law on
Q: How to sue a Catholic Church or City attorney for a noise nuisance? LAPD and city attorney refuse to do anything.

It is amplified sound system with off key tape recordings 10 times a day everyday. It is on automatic computer dial-up.

How to stop it?

Church will not stop it.

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answered on Mar 23, 2024

Dealing with noise nuisance, especially from a public institution like a church, can be challenging. The first step is typically to document the noise: record times, durations, and how it affects your daily life. This evidence can be critical in any legal proceedings or negotiations. Reach out to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law, Land Use & Zoning and Native American Law for California on
Q: If I owned trust land by native American allotment and was under 18 and Father dead no native legal authorization parent

Could a lease be signed in affect with out legal rights being passed. The lease was for the USA government

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

Under federal regulations concerning Native American trust land, the management and leasing of such land for minors (those under 18) typically require the oversight and approval of a guardian or trustee. This is because minors are considered incapable of entering into binding contracts, including... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Must a land owner provide a vehicular ingress and egress tqo a piece of landlocked property ?

Does Missouri law not state that if your property is landlocked and you have no means of gaining access that you have the right to a vehicular ingress and egress ? Even in a private subdivision . The board of trustees has told me I am banned from driving in on their roads to get to my property... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

In Missouri, as in many other places, if your property is landlocked, you may indeed have the right to vehicular ingress and egress. This is generally intended to ensure that every property owner has access to their land. The specifics can vary based on local laws and the exact circumstances of the... View More

Q: What is the legal procedure for an Illinois School district to purchase Real Property (Real Estate)?

I understand they can meet in closed session to discuss the purchase but can they pay over appraisal and take action without having it discussed in a public meeting or on an agenda?

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

In Illinois, school districts are allowed to meet in closed sessions to discuss matters related to the purchase of real estate to ensure privacy during the negotiation process. However, any decision to purchase real estate, including the agreement on price, must be made in an open session during a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Gov & Administrative Law, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: If electric power lines ask me to get estimate to move my resident in order to expand their right of way, who chooses?
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answered on Mar 11, 2024

A Texas attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Sometimes a court decides, depending on nature of the matter and the respective positions of the parties. Large electric utilities usually have land use attorneys in their environmental affairs divisions. You could... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Tennessee on
Q: What can I do about my neighbors using my shared driveway with a vacant residence? Can I legally block access?

My driveway connects to two properties, my own and a vacant residence. The neighbor on the other side of the vacant residence uses the driveway to go and dump scrap metal, junk cars, car parts in the vacant properties backyard, supposedly with the owners permission. The owner has been deceased for... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Hire an attorney to search the titles of all properties involved, that is at least two. An easement needs to be recorded in the servient parcel's chain of title, not the dominant (the one that uses the ROW) parcel. Twenty years of use easily creates an easement by prescription. If no... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can Edison charge to move an electric pole in my property? can I force Edison to move them for free?

I bought four years ago a 4 acres of land without any easement on the title. There is a pole in the center of the land with transformer and a hight voltage line crossing my lot and it belongs to Southern California Edison.

Edison wants to charge me $30,000.00 to move the pole. This is a... View More

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

Under California law, utilities like Southern California Edison generally have the right to install and maintain their infrastructure on private properties through easements or utility rights-of-way. However, if there was no easement recorded on your property title at the time of purchase, this... View More

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Q: I'm stuck on the issue of maintenance responsibilities for the view fences/walls located in the back of homes.

I'm stuck on the issue of maintenance responsibilities for the view fences/walls located in the back of homes that are located between a private lot and an Association common area lot. Party walls are located between two private lots, not on the Association common area. Based on everything I... View More

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

In California, the responsibility for maintaining fences or walls between a private lot and an HOA common area is typically determined by the HOA's governing documents, such as the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions), bylaws, and any other applicable rules and regulations.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: we build a patio way in the back the owner of all land behind our fence said 50 ft where we build was his what do we do?

He told us he can selll at additional 12k that he new we bout expensive already and started a land line division but it’s bn a year this month and boy sure what’s going on he threatened me that he can pay us 500 to cut off lights on patio if worst case also he is mad cause we don’t have... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

In California, if you've built a patio on land that turns out to belong to someone else, it's important to address the issue promptly to protect your investment and rights. The first step is to consult with a real estate attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of property law.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Kentucky on
Q: Someone (I think my brother) has got the deed to our land out of our locked gun safe. What can I do?

I have been a victim of v2k and remote neural monitoring and have been for about 6 years, and by the way, it does exist. There is a will that states the estate will come to me, but what will happen if my brother has stolen the deed from our gun safe? He knows some guys in law enforcement and has... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

The only Deeds that count are the ones recorded at the Courthouse. If he has any unrecorded Deed that was never delivered to the grantee, it is not a complete transfer of title, for which you will have to file a suit for. Was the Will filed for Probate? If not, then it is of no effect, If... View More

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