Fort Smith Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, Arkansas


C. Ryan Norton

Estate Planning, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate
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Robert M. Honea

Family Law, Litigation, Oil & Gas, Real Estate
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Jered Medlock

Real Estate Other, Trusts, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Accident & Injury
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Stephen C. Smith

Eminent Domain, Federal Appellate Practice, Environmental Law, Litigation, Land Use & Zoning
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Michael Alan Lafreniere

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family Law, Civil Rights
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Kirkman T Dougherty

Estate Planning, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

James A. Roller

General Practice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

M. Shannon Foster

Litigation, Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Criminal
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LEGAL TERMS

ASYLUM

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.

EASEMENT BY PRESCRIPTION

A right to use property, acquired by a long tradition of open and obvious use. For example, if hikers have been using a trail through your backyard for ten year... (more...)
A right to use property, acquired by a long tradition of open and obvious use. For example, if hikers have been using a trail through your backyard for ten years and you've never complained, they probably have an easement by prescription through your yard to the trail.

JOINT TENANCY

A way for two or more people to share ownership of real estate or other property. When two or more people own property as joint tenants and one owner dies, the ... (more...)
A way for two or more people to share ownership of real estate or other property. When two or more people own property as joint tenants and one owner dies, the other owners automatically own the deceased owner's share. For example, if a parent and child own a house as joint tenants and the parent dies, the child automatically becomes full owner. Because of this right of survivorship, no will is required to transfer the property; it goes directly to the surviving joint tenants without the delay and costs of probate.

ADVERSE POSSESSION

A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usua... (more...)
A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usually include continuous and open use for a period of five or more years and paying taxes on the property in question.

AUTHOR

In terms of copyright protection, either the person who creates the work, the person or business that pays another to create the work in an employment context o... (more...)
In terms of copyright protection, either the person who creates the work, the person or business that pays another to create the work in an employment context or the person or business that commissions the work under a valid work for hire contract. For example, a songwriter may write a song, but if he is employed by a company to do so, the company is the author of that song for copyright purposes.

SEVERABILITY CLAUSE

A provision in a contract that preserves the rest of the contract if a portion of it is invalidated by a court. Without a severability clause, a decision by the... (more...)
A provision in a contract that preserves the rest of the contract if a portion of it is invalidated by a court. Without a severability clause, a decision by the court finding one part of the contract unenforceable would invalidate the entire document.

LICENSE (OF INVENTION, COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK)

A contract giving written permission to use an invention, creative work or trademark. A license provides a way to make money from your invention or creative wor... (more...)
A contract giving written permission to use an invention, creative work or trademark. A license provides a way to make money from your invention or creative work without having to manufacture and sell copies yourself. By licensing an invention or work to a company, you get money (often in the form of royalties) in return for allowing the company to use, produce and sell copies of your invention or work in the marketplace.

DEVISE

An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some s... (more...)
An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some states, 'devise' now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare legacy.

CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION

When a landlord provides housing that is so substandard that a landlord has legally evicted the tenant. For example, if the landlord refuses to provide heat or ... (more...)
When a landlord provides housing that is so substandard that a landlord has legally evicted the tenant. For example, if the landlord refuses to provide heat or water or refuses to clean up an environmental health hazard, the tenant has the right to move out and stop paying rent, without incurring legal liability for breaking the lease.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

PH, LLC v. City of Conway

... B. Reverse Spot Zoning. PH also claims that the city council's denial of the rezoning request was reverse spot zoning because the property is an "agricultural island in a sea of residential.". ... We affirm on this point. C. Contract Zoning. ...

City of Ft. Smith v. McCutchen

... On appeal, Fort Smith argues that Ark.Code Ann. § 14-56-425 (Repl.1998) is unconstitutional because it permits a de novo trial on appeal of a legislative determination made by a city Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). ... v. City of Little Rock Bd. of Zoning Adjustment, 261 Ark. ...

City of Jacksonville v. City of Sherwood

... area. They also stated that they were aware of, and would comply with, Sherwood's land development regulations and Jacksonville's zoning regulations designed to protect the fly zone of the Little Rock Air Force Base. Michael ...