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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

For the last year, thanks to the hard work of all of our staff, and you, our clients, no one who works at this office has gotten Covid while working here, and we have not spread a single case to any of our clients, while getting all of our client's legal needs taken care of. With the spread of vaccination the end is in sight, normal times where we can meet our clients in person in the office are just around the corner.

During the transition we will be having some in person, in office appointments for clients who have already been vaccinated, and for whom the CDC recommended period of time has passed since their last shot. Of course, for anyone who would prefer a phone or video appointment for safety, convenience, or any other reason those types of appointments are always available.

The weather is warming up and outdoor-in person appointments are now available. The updated CDC guidelines indicate that masks are not needed for vaccinated people outside if not in close quarters; although as a precaution we will continue to practice social distancing. If you have not had your vaccination, masks will continue to be a requirement.

Through the transition safety of all staff and clients will continue to be our top priority, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Property FAQ

Q. What is a deed?

A. A deed is a document that transfers ownership of any property that includes land. If you own your house you got a deed when you bought it, and would sign a deed when you sell.

Q. What is a contract for deed?

A. A contract for deed is a contract to sell property where the buyer makes payments to the seller and only gets a deed when the property is paid off. This is different than buying with a mortgage, where you get the deed right away even though you are making payments to the bank.

Q. What is an easement?

A. An easement is the right to cross over property that does not belong to you. Easements can be in writing, or they can be set up without any written agreement based on use for a certain amount of time, usually 15 years.

Q. What is adverse possession?

A. This is where a person gets the right to use property that belongs to someone else because they have used it for a certain amount of time, usually 15 years. This often happens when a house or garage is built over the property line by mistake.

Q. How do I set up an easement or adverse possession?

A. They are established by the court after whoever wants to set them up files a formal request with the court.

Q. What is a purchase agreement?

A. A purchase agreement signed by one party, usually the buyer first is an offer to buy property at a certain price and terms. When signed by both parties, it is a binding contract. Do not enter into a purchase agreement unless you know all of the terms and what you are required to do.