Legal-Ease: Four questions on easements

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

The law requires that each and every parcel of land has access to a public roadway. For owners of a landlocked parcel, this may require a purchase of an easement from an adjoining landowner. Easements allow for the use of property without owning that property.

Typically, easement concerns break down into four different questions.

First, is the easement owned by a person, or is it attached to a property? Second, what uses of the easement area are allowed by the easement owner? Third, what uses by the landowner are allowed within the easement area? And finally, can the easement owner significantly increase the quantity of use of the easement area?

The law and practicality require that every parcel of land have access to a public roadway. For a variety of reasons, a practical solution for a landlocked landowner to access that landlocked parcel may be to purchase/acquire an easement from an adjoining landowner. An easement is a right to use property without owning the property.

Easement concerns usually break down into four questions.

Read more about easements and the questions that often surround them in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Four questions on easements

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Four questions on easements,” by Lee R. Schroeder, July 8, 2017

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