Portland Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, Maine


J. Gordon Scannell

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Logging & Timber, Transactions
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kevin M. Fitzgerald

Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Lawsuit & Dispute, Health Care Other, Medical Products & Devices
Status:  In Good Standing           

Brenda M. Buchanan

Commercial Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Family Law, Business & Trade
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Andre' G. Duchette

Transactions, Land Use & Zoning, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years
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Gregg R. Frame

Land Use & Zoning, Employee Rights, Business & Trade, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  19 Years

Matthew D. Manahan

Commercial Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Energy, Government
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  32 Years

Dixon P. Pike

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Laura A. Rideout

Land Use & Zoning, Lawsuit & Dispute, Environmental Law Other, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

Thomas R. Doyle

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  39 Years

Philip F. W. Ahrens

Land Use & Zoning
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  46 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP

A way for married couples to hold title to property, available in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin. It allows one spouse's half-interest in comm... (more...)
A way for married couples to hold title to property, available in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin. It allows one spouse's half-interest in community property to pass to the surviving spouse without probate.

CONTINGENCY

A provision in a contract stating that some or all of the terms of the contract will be altered or voided by the occurrence of a specific event. For example, a ... (more...)
A provision in a contract stating that some or all of the terms of the contract will be altered or voided by the occurrence of a specific event. For example, a contingency in a contract for the purchase of a house might state that if the buyer does not approve the inspection report of the physical condition of the property, the buyer does not have to complete the purchase.

EXCLUSIVE LICENSE

A valid contract in which a copyright owner authorizes another person or entity (called the licensee) to exclusively exercise one or more of the rights (or port... (more...)
A valid contract in which a copyright owner authorizes another person or entity (called the licensee) to exclusively exercise one or more of the rights (or portion of such rights) that belong to the copyright owner under the copyright. The licensee is said to 'own' the rights granted in the license and is referred to as a copyright owner.

MONTH-TO-MONTH TENANCY

A rental agreement that provides for a one-month tenancy that is automatically renewed each month unless either tenant or landlord gives the other the proper am... (more...)
A rental agreement that provides for a one-month tenancy that is automatically renewed each month unless either tenant or landlord gives the other the proper amount of written notice (usually 30 days) to terminate the agreement. Some landlords prefer to use month-to-month tenancies because it gives them the right to raise the rent after giving proper notice. This type of rental also provides a landlord with an easy way to get rid of troublesome tenants, because in most states month-to-month tenancies can be terminated for any reason.

COOLING-OFF RULE

A rule that allows you to cancel a contract within a specified time period (typically three days) after signing it. Federal cooling-off rules apply this three-d... (more...)
A rule that allows you to cancel a contract within a specified time period (typically three days) after signing it. Federal cooling-off rules apply this three-day grace period to sales made door-to-door and anywhere other than a seller's normal place of business, such as at a trade show. Another federal cooling-off rule lets you cancel a home improvement loan or second mortgage within three days of signing. Various states have cooling-off rules that sometimes apply even longer cancellation periods to specific types of sales, such as dancing lessons and timeshares.

EXPRESS WARRANTY

A guarantee about the quality of goods or services made by a seller, such as 'This item is guaranteed against defects in construction for one year.' Most expres... (more...)
A guarantee about the quality of goods or services made by a seller, such as 'This item is guaranteed against defects in construction for one year.' Most express warranties come directly from the manufacturer or are included in the sales contract. If you want to hold the seller to an oral guarantee, it's best to get it in writing or have witnesses to the guarantee so that it doesn't come down to your word against the seller's if a problem arises.

QUITCLAIM DEED

A deed that transfers whatever ownership interest the transferor has in a particular property. The deed does not guarantee anything about what is being transfer... (more...)
A deed that transfers whatever ownership interest the transferor has in a particular property. The deed does not guarantee anything about what is being transferred, however. For example, a divorcing husband may quitclaim his interest in certain real estate to his ex-wife, officially giving up any legal interest in the property. Compare grant deed.

DEED IN LIEU (OF FORECLOSURE)

A means of escaping an overly burdenome mortgage. If a homeowner can't make the mortgage payments and can't find a buyer for the house, many lenders will accept... (more...)
A means of escaping an overly burdenome mortgage. If a homeowner can't make the mortgage payments and can't find a buyer for the house, many lenders will accept ownership of the property in place of the money owed on the mortgage. Even if the lender won't agree to accept the property, the homeowner can prepare a quitclaim deed that unilaterally transfers the homeowner's property rights to the lender.

ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE

A paperless method of entering into an electronic contract. To 'sign' a contract electronically, a person may be asked to click an 'I Accept' button or use a 'k... (more...)
A paperless method of entering into an electronic contract. To 'sign' a contract electronically, a person may be asked to click an 'I Accept' button or use a 'key' to encrypt (scramble) information that uniquely identifies the signer using a method called Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Electronic signatures are as binding as those in ink.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Bog Lake Company v. Town of Northfield

... B. Statute of Limitations. [¶7] The Town argues that Bog Lake Company's cause of action accrued in 1987 when the original zoning classification was made, and therefore the complaint is barred by 14 MRS § 752 (2007), which generally requires that "[a]ll civil actions . . . ...

Rudolph v. Golick

... They contend that the court erred in holding that the riding arena plan fell outside the definition of a use for "animal husbandry" that is permitted by the Town's Zoning Ordinance. Because the Zoning Board of Appeals made findings ...

Nergaard v. Town of Westport Island

... Because we conclude that the Zoning Board did not err as a matter of law in deciding that Nergaard and Stern were without standing, we affirm the judgment of the Superior Court. I. BACKGROUND. ... B. Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. ...

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