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.
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
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.
Learn to: Identify property rights Understand how covenants, easements, and public regulations can reshape property rights Make sense of how property is shared and divided up over time Recognize how property may be acquired or transferred The easy way to make sense of property law Property Law For Dummies tracks to a typical property law course and introduces you to the laws regarding real and personal property rights. It clears up confusion on such topics as covenants, easements, estates, and adverse possession. Property Law 101 — get acquainted with what property is, how you come to own it, and the different forms of ownership Real property law rights — discover the basic common law rights that come with ownership of land, ways that land owners can adjust those rights by private contract, and how those rights can be changed by public regulation Sharing and dividing — find out how two or more people can share ownership of property at the same time or divide it up over time Property possession — understand how one can acquire ownership rights by possessing moveable things and even land Property law Ps and Qs — get the information on important property cases that are worth remembering, common mistakes law students often make in applying property law, and ten property law subjects commonly tested in bar exams Open the book and find: Plain-English definitions of legal terminology Common law rights regarding real property The nature, scope, and enforceability of private covenants that restrict an owner's rights Information on easements that give one party a non-possessory right in another party's land How governments may adjust property law rights by public regulation Recognized forms of concurrent ownership