Rockland Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, Maine


Edward M. Collins

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Estate Administration, Estate
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  37 Years

Lee K. Bragg

Tax, Land Use & Zoning, Lawsuit & Dispute, Municipal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  48 Years

Kristin McHenry Collins

Land Use & Zoning, State Government, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  16 Years

Caleb J. Gannon

Civil Rights, Family Law, Land Use & Zoning, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Karen G. Kingsley

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  42 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

INCIDENTS OF OWNERSHIP

Any control over property. If you give away property but keep an incident of ownership--for example, you give away an apartment building but retain the right to... (more...)
Any control over property. If you give away property but keep an incident of ownership--for example, you give away an apartment building but retain the right to receive rent--then legally, no gift has been made. This distinction can be important if you're making large gifts to reduce your eventual estate tax.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

A legal category of worker defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The key to the definition is that, unlike employees, independent contractors retain control ... (more...)
A legal category of worker defined by the Internal Revenue Service. The key to the definition is that, unlike employees, independent contractors retain control over how the work they are hired to do gets done; the person or company paying the independent contractor controls only the outcome--the product or service.

CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION

When a landlord provides housing that is so substandard that a landlord has legally evicted the tenant. For example, if the landlord refuses to provide heat or ... (more...)
When a landlord provides housing that is so substandard that a landlord has legally evicted the tenant. For example, if the landlord refuses to provide heat or water or refuses to clean up an environmental health hazard, the tenant has the right to move out and stop paying rent, without incurring legal liability for breaking the lease.

INCAPACITY

(1) A lack of physical or mental abilities that results in a person's inability to manage his or her own personal care, property or finances. (2) A lack of abil... (more...)
(1) A lack of physical or mental abilities that results in a person's inability to manage his or her own personal care, property or finances. (2) A lack of ability to understand one's actions when making a will or other legal document. (3) The inability of an injured worker to perform his or her job. This may qualify the worker for disability benefits or workers' compensation.

INDISPENSABLE PARTY

A person or entity (such as a corporation) that must be included in a lawsuit in order for the court to render a final judgment that will be just to everyone co... (more...)
A person or entity (such as a corporation) that must be included in a lawsuit in order for the court to render a final judgment that will be just to everyone concerned. For example, if a person sues his neighbors to force them to prune a tree that poses a danger to his house, he must name all owners of the neighboring property in the suit.

COOLING-OFF RULE

A rule that allows you to cancel a contract within a specified time period (typically three days) after signing it. Federal cooling-off rules apply this three-d... (more...)
A rule that allows you to cancel a contract within a specified time period (typically three days) after signing it. Federal cooling-off rules apply this three-day grace period to sales made door-to-door and anywhere other than a seller's normal place of business, such as at a trade show. Another federal cooling-off rule lets you cancel a home improvement loan or second mortgage within three days of signing. Various states have cooling-off rules that sometimes apply even longer cancellation periods to specific types of sales, such as dancing lessons and timeshares.

DIRECT EXAMINATION

At trial, the initial questioning of a party or witness by the side that called him or her to testify. The major purpose of direct examination is to explain you... (more...)
At trial, the initial questioning of a party or witness by the side that called him or her to testify. The major purpose of direct examination is to explain your version of events to the judge or jury and to undercut your adversary's version. Good direct examination seeks to prove all facts necessary to satisfy the plaintiff's legal claims or causes of action -- for example, that the defendant breached a valid contract and, as a result, the plaintiff suffered a loss.

SETBACK

The distance between a property boundary and a building. A minimum setback is usually required by law.

DOWN PAYMENT

A lump sum cash payment paid by a buyer when he or she purchases a major piece of property, such as a car or house. The buyer typically takes out a loan for the... (more...)
A lump sum cash payment paid by a buyer when he or she purchases a major piece of property, such as a car or house. The buyer typically takes out a loan for the balance remaining, and pays it off in monthly installments over time.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Bog Lake Company v. Town of Northfield

... B. Statute of Limitations. [¶7] The Town argues that Bog Lake Company's cause of action accrued in 1987 when the original zoning classification was made, and therefore the complaint is barred by 14 MRS § 752 (2007), which generally requires that "[a]ll civil actions . . . ...

Rudolph v. Golick

... They contend that the court erred in holding that the riding arena plan fell outside the definition of a use for "animal husbandry" that is permitted by the Town's Zoning Ordinance. Because the Zoning Board of Appeals made findings ...

Nergaard v. Town of Westport Island

... Because we conclude that the Zoning Board did not err as a matter of law in deciding that Nergaard and Stern were without standing, we affirm the judgment of the Superior Court. I. BACKGROUND. ... B. Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. ...