Legal-Ease column: “Differences, similarities, Metamucil and the law”

As our nation’s presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves, every subtle distinction in personality, wealth and philosophy between people is amplified. In this time of people’s differences being repeatedly pointed out, I am reminded of the lyrics to my favorite song, a country music song by Collin Raye, titled, “Not that Different”.  The song reminds […]

Legal-Ease column: “Easements are tricky”

Despite being teased for sometimes using big or unfamiliar words, attorneys tend to universally use the common word “tricky” when describing easements.  An easement is a right for one property owner to use someone else’s property without taking away ownership from the that other owner. For example, I may own a woods that is located […]

Legal-Ease column: “Condos, PUDs and homeowner associations differ by what’s owned versus shared”

Traditionally, people own houses with adjoining yards, driveway, garages and other outbuildings.   The person owns that property without neighbors or anyone else dictating the use, look and layout of the property, except for local governments who enforce zoning and public safety laws. However, some people feel that the value of everyone’s homes can be increased […]

Legal-Ease column: “Judges: thankless umpires”

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts headlined last week’s news as he presided over President Trump’s impeachment trial. Justice Roberts explained his role as being that of an umpire in a baseball game, calling balls and strikes. Nevertheless, some people disagreed with whether Justice Roberts should only be calling balls and strikes and other […]