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The power of the federal or state government to take private property for a public purpose, even if the property owner objects. The Fifth Amendment to the (more...)
The power of the federal or state government to take private property for a public purpose, even if the property owner objects. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution allows the government to take private property if the taking is for a public use and the owner is 'justly compensated' (usually, paid fair market value) for his or her loss. A public use is virtually anything that is sanctioned by a federal or state legislative body, but such uses may include roads, parks, reservoirs, schools, hospitals or other public buildings. Sometimes called condemnation, taking or expropriation.
The owner of any real estate, such as a house, apartment building or land, that is leased or rented to another person, called the tenant.
conditions of carriage
The terms of your contract with an airline after you buy a ticket. Conditions of carriage cover everything from baggage limitations to the amount of (more...)
The terms of your contract with an airline after you buy a ticket. Conditions of carriage cover everything from baggage limitations to the amount of compensation you can recover if you're injured on the flight. These provisions often vary from airline to airline. A few, but by no means most, conditions of carriage appear in the fine print on the back of your ticket. To find out about the rest, you can ask the airline for a copy; it is legally obligated to provide one. The conditions of carriage contain a lot of fine print detail and will not make for exciting reading.
See intellectual property law.
right of survivorship
The right of a surviving joint tenant to take ownership of a deceased joint tenant's share of the property. See joint tenancy.
A deduction allowed by the federal estate tax laws for all property passed to a surviving spouse who is a U.S. citizen. This deduction (which really functions (more...)
A deduction allowed by the federal estate tax laws for all property passed to a surviving spouse who is a U.S. citizen. This deduction (which really functions as an exemption) allows anyone, even a billionaire, to pass his or her entire estate to a surviving spouse without any tax at all.
A meeting of the minds. An agreement is made when two people reach an understanding about a particular issue, including their obligations, duties and rights. (more...)
A meeting of the minds. An agreement is made when two people reach an understanding about a particular issue, including their obligations, duties and rights. While agreement is sometimes used to mean contract -- a legally binding oral or written agreement -- it is actually a broader term, including understandings that might not rise to the level of a legally binding contract.
A right to use another person's real estate for a specific purpose. The most common type of easement is the right to travel over another person's land, known (more...)
A right to use another person's real estate for a specific purpose. The most common type of easement is the right to travel over another person's land, known as a right of way. In addition, property owners commonly grant easements for the placement of utility poles, utility trenches, water lines or sewer lines. The owner of property that is subject to an easement is said to be 'burdened' with the easement, because he or she is not allowed to interfere with its use. For example, if the deed to John's property permits Sue to travel across John's main road to reach her own home, John cannot do anything to block the road. On the other hand, Sue cannot do anything that exceeds the scope of her easement, such as widening the roadway.
A legal status granted to an individual who is in the United States and fears political persecution if he or she is forced to return to their home country.
Petitioners seek to construct a single-family residence on a lot in Grand Haven Charter Township
(the Township). The Township zoning ordinance at issue requires a 50-foot setback. The lot is
zoned R-1 residential, is 2.46 acres in size, and is 525 feet wide and 189.25 feet deep. ...
... Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals because the Detroit International
Bridge Company (DIBC) is a federal instrumentality for the limited purpose of facilitating traffic
over the Ambassador Bridge and, as such, is immune from the zoning regulation of the ...
... In Docket No. 270031, plaintiff Great Lakes Society (GLS) appeals by leave granted the trial court's
opinion and order affirming the denial by defendant Georgetown Charter Township Zoning Board
of Appeals (ZBA) of GLS's request for a special use permit and for a variance. ...