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Photo of Real Estate Law Blog Mary Estes Haggin
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When Mary Estes Haggin started at McBrayer more than twenty five years ago, the practice of law was vastly different. The firm has grown substantially and continues to develop new …

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Easements Made Easy: The Basics of Easements on Real Property

Easements are one of those real estate concepts on which it’s difficult to get a consensus. To some, they are harmless items that can be ignored. To others, they are a fatal encumbrance on a piece of property, restricting its use and diminishing its value. While both opinions may be true depending on the circumstances, the fact is that easements generally fall somewhere in between those two extremes. To understand why, it is important to have a general understanding of what easements are and how they affect real property rights. More >

New Accounting Standards from FASB Create Big Changes for Leases

In February, The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued an Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) addressing financial reporting about transactions involving leases. These new accounting standards have been in gestation for many years, and any company that leases any property, from equipment to real estate, will be affected by them. More >

The New TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Requirements

Farewell, HUD-1, we hardly knew ye. As of October 3rd, 2015, lenders will provide two integrated forms at specified intervals surrounding the closing date to comply with the provisions of both the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (“RESPA”). The new forms are the result of provisions from Sections 1098 and 1100A of the Dodd-Frank Act meant to combine and simplify existing documents to make them easier for mortgagors to understand. More >

The Dangerous Path of Property through Intestacy: The Need for Estate Planning with Respect to Real Estate

Posted In Real Estate Law

Winding up an estate is a difficult task, one that can take a toll on a group of the decedent’s family and loved ones. This process, however, is exponentially more challenging when a person dies intestate. Real property is particularly difficult to distribute without a definitive statement of intent on the part of the deceased. The various methods of descent in intestacy create tangled estates as families grow in complexity, and so many conflicts might be resolved otherwise through the careful act of creating an estate plan. More >

Titling Property & Same-Sex Couples in Kentucky

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to hear the case that could decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans once and for all, legal ground in that area is now uncertain territory. Currently, however, Kentucky does not recognize same-sex marriages, leaving same-sex couples in the state exposed to a wide variety of complex legal problems that heterosexual couples do not encounter. One of these problems is how to title property when purchasing a family home. More >

Boilerplate Language May Brew Trouble

As a real estate attorney, I am frequently asked by clients to provide a “general form” with boilerplate language that can be used for a lease or contract, whether it be for a commercial or residential property. Alternatively, clients turn to the Internet for one of these one-size-fits-all forms. I cannot fault clients for their desire to have a form that can be used in all situations, but the truth is that no such handy-dandy form exists. If it did, the job of a real estate attorney would be much easier! More >

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