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Property Law For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-37539-6
384 pages
January 2013
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The easy way to make sense of property law

Understanding property law is vital for all aspiring lawyers and legal professionals, and property courses are foundational classes within all law schools. Property Law For Dummies tracks to a typical property law course and introduces you to property law and theory, exploring different types of property interests—particularly "real property."

In approachable For Dummies fashion, this book gives you a better understanding of the important property law concepts and aids in the reading and analysis of cases, statutes, and regulations.

  • Tracks to a typical property law course
  • Plain-English explanations make it easier to grasp property law concepts
  • Serves as excellent supplemental reading for anyone preparing for their state's Bar Exam

The information in Property Law For Dummies benefits students enrolled in a property law course as well as non-students, landlords, small business owners, and government officials, who want to know more about the ins and outs property law.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing Property Law 7

Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on Property Law 9

Chapter 2: Defi ning Property in Legal Terms 15

Chapter 3: Considering Property Ownership 23

Part II: Understanding Real Property Rights 35

Chapter 4: Identifying Common Law Rights in Real Property 37

Chapter 5: Adjusting Rights by Private Agreement: Covenants 55

Chapter 6: Giving Others the Right to Use Your Land: Easements 79

Chapter 7: Zeroing In on Zoning 103

Chapter 8: Recognizing the Limits of Public Regulation 113

Part III: Looking at Shared and Divided Property Ownership 131

Chapter 9: Dividing Ownership over Time: Estates 133

Chapter 10: Sharing Property: Concurrent Ownership 159

Chapter 11: Owning Property in Marriage 181

Chapter 12: Leasing Property: Landlord-Tenant Law 191

Part IV: Acquiring and Transferring Property Rights 217

Chapter 13: Acquiring Rights by Finding and Possessing Personal Property 219

Chapter 14: Becoming an Owner by Adverse Possession 233

Chapter 15: Contracting to Sell Land 249

Chapter 16: Conveying Title by Deeds 273

Chapter 17: Recording Title 295

Chapter 18: Mortgaging Real Property 311

Part V: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 19: Ten Notable Property Cases 329

Chapter 20: Ten Common Mistakes in Applying Property Law 339

Chapter 21: Ten Property Subjects Commonly Tested in Bar Exams 347

Index 351

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Alan Romero is a professor of law and Director of the Rural Law Center at the University of Wyoming College of Law. He's been teaching Property Law and related courses at various law schools since 1998.

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