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Raleigh Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, North Carolina


Michael J. Denning

Contract, Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law, Land Use & Zoning
Status:  In Good Standing           

Jennifer Cargos Henson

Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Construction, Corporate, Land Use & Zoning
Status:  In Good Standing           

Laura F. Page

Construction, Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Housing & Construction Defects, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           

Karen Marie Kemerait

Land Use & Zoning, Administrative Law, Energy, Public Utilities
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  26 Years

William O. King

Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Commercial Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Eminent Domain
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  53 Years

Craigie D. Sanders

Land Use & Zoning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  14 Years

John Ingles Davis

Business & Trade, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Medical Malpractice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  21 Years

C. Thomas Biggs

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Condominiums, Residential Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Christina Irene Reichert

Administrative Law, Land Use & Zoning, Public Interest Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  3 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

APPRECIATION

An increase in value. Appreciated property is property that has gone up in value since it was acquired.

LEASE OPTION

A contract in which an owner leases her house (usually for one to five years) to a tenant for a specific monthly rent, and which gives the tenant the right to b... (more...)
A contract in which an owner leases her house (usually for one to five years) to a tenant for a specific monthly rent, and which gives the tenant the right to buy the house at the end of the lease period for a price established in advance. A lease option is often a good arrangement for a potential home buyer because it lets him move into a house he may buy without having to come up with a down payment or financing at that time.

EASEMENT

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... (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.

QUASI-COMMUNITY PROPERTY

A form of property owned by a married couple. If a couple moves to a community property state from a non-community property state, property they acquired togeth... (more...)
A form of property owned by a married couple. If a couple moves to a community property state from a non-community property state, property they acquired together in the non-community property state may be considered quasi-community property. Quasi-community property is treated just like community property when one spouse dies or if the couple divorces.

SHORT SALE (OF HOUSE)

A sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owes on the mortgage. Many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale ... (more...)
A sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owes on the mortgage. Many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale and forgive the rest of what is owed on the mortgage when the owner cannot make the mortgage payments. By accepting a short sale, the lender can avoid a lengthy and costly foreclosure, and the owner is able to pay off the loan for less than what he owes. See also deed in lieu (or foreclosure).

NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT

A legally binding contract in which a person or business promises to treat specific information as a trade secret and not disclose it to others without proper a... (more...)
A legally binding contract in which a person or business promises to treat specific information as a trade secret and not disclose it to others without proper authorization. Nondisclosure agreements are often used when a business discloses a trade secret to another person or business for such purposes as development, marketing, evaluation or securing financial backing. Although nondisclosure agreements are usually in the form of written contracts, they may also be implied if the context of a business relationship suggests that the parties intended to make an agreement. For example, a business that conducts patent searches for inventors is expected to keep information about the invention secret, even if no written agreement is signed, because the nature of the business is to deal in confidential information.

UNCONSCIONABILITY

A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, i... (more...)
A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, inability to read or inability to understand the language. The unfairness must be so severe that it is shocking to the average person. It usually includes the absence of any meaningful choice on the part of the buyer and contract terms so one-sided that they unreasonably favor the seller. A contract will be terminated if the buyer can prove unconscionability.

SETBACK

The distance between a property boundary and a building. A minimum setback is usually required by law.

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.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

MORRIS COMM. v. BESSEMER CITY ZONING BOA

On 21 November 2005, Fairway applied to Gaston County for a building permit ("the building permit"). The building permit was issued on 13 December 2005 [1] and contained, inter alia, the following language: "This permit becomes null and void if work or construction ...

LAMAR OCI SOUTH CORPORATION v. STANLY COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

LAMAR OCI SOUTH CORPORATION d/b/a Lamar Advertising of Asheville, Petitioner v. STANLY COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT and Stanly County, Respondents. ... Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, PA, by Craig D. Justus, Asheville, for petitioner- ...

Musi v. Town of Shallotte

... We affirm. This appeal arises from a zoning decision of the Board of Alderman of the Town of Shallotte, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. ... In 2006 the subject property was subject to the zoning authority of Brunswick County, and had an R-7500 zoning designation. ...