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Representation of Landowners

Land Conservation Opportunities:

If you own property you would like to protect, I can provide you with conservation opportunities you can consider. Together, we can consider your future plans for your land including desired uses, family considerations and natural resource protection priorities. If a conservation transaction can meet your needs I can provide additional services including:

·         Property analysis including ownership review and property review: existing encumbrances including utility easements, boundary, encroachment and access issues

·         Knowledgeable guidance and advice on sources of state and local acquisition funding and grant processes for bargain sale transactions

·         Advice on federal and state tax benefits available for conservation transactions and requirements for charitable contributions

·         Counsel and guidance on legal documents including site protection instruments for mitigation projects

·         Negotiation, drafting and legal review of transaction documents including conservation easements, option agreements, subordination agreements, purchase and settlement documents and charitable contribution documentation

·         Title services

I will be with you every step of the way towards achieving your goals for the future of your property.

Owning and Managing Conserved Property:

Are you considering purchasing property that has a conservation restriction on it?  I can provide knowledgeable review of the property’s conservation easement or other restrictions and advise you regarding how well the property can meet your desired needs.

·         Conservation easement review for new or prospective purchasers of conserved lands

·         Stewardship issues

·         Maintaining relationships and long-term management of protected property

Project Assistance to Land Trusts and Other Easement Holders

·         Property analysis including ownership review and property review: existing encumbrances including utility easements, boundary, encroachment and access issues

·         Provide guidance and advice on sources of state and local acquisition funding and grant processes for bargain sale transactions

·         Counsel and guidance on site protection instruments for mitigation projects

·         Negotiate, draft and provide legal review of transaction documents including conservation easements, option agreements, subordination agreements, and purchase and settlement documents

·         Provide title assurance and deed preparation

·         Fee property ownership issues

Nonprofit Governance

·         Policies and protocols to comply with LTA Accreditation standards

·         Board member training:  legal responsibilities and liabilities

·         Obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status

Other Legal Matters

While the focus of my law practice is on land conservation, I can handle other legal matters as well. Please inquire.