Month: July 2014

Adverse Possession in Three Sentences

Adverse possession allows a person to claim title to real estate owned by another. Texas law defines it as an actual and visible appropriation of realty begun and continued under a claim of right that is inconsistent with, and hostile to, the claim of another person. The purpose of the law is to promote the beneficial and productive use of land.texas adverse possession real estate law

In our Law 101 posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

Required Inspections: Intrusive Government Action or A Smart Precaution?

texas construction government inspections building permitsWe defined and discussed building permits here and here. Once issued, construction and improvements may begin. Building codes require that inspection of certain aspects of the construction take place at various intervals during that process. The idea is to ensure the construction proceeds in conformity with submitted plans and codes and regulations that set baseline safety standards.

Common inspections include mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. There are others, too. Building codes frequently require submission of an application for a certificate of occupancy as well. We’ll discuss these certificates in a future post.

Government inspections. What do you think? Good or bad idea?

In our “Law 101″ posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

 

Timeshares in Three Sentences

timeshare real estate Timeshares are dedicated arrangements under which a purchaser receives an ownership right in or the right to use accommodations for some time less than twelve months during a given year. The law of the state or country in which the property is located or offered for sale ordinarily governs timeshares, unless agreed otherwise. General consumer information here.

In our “Law 101″ posts, we define terms, phrases, or concepts with the goal of conveying core information in order to set the stage for more complex discussions.

Adventure on the Water

“You might want to head inside the cabin. Otherwise, you may get wet. It’s going to get bumpy. That speedboat has left what appears to be a hefty, unavoidable wake,” said the captain. Our little girls had never been on a boat before. Of course, my wife and I wanted their first experience to be a good one.

We chartered an unpretentious boat ride this past holiday weekend. Still, I would hardly describe it as roughing it. The vessel holds up to 98 people, has a glass-enclosed, air-conditioned cabin on the main deck with ice chests and snacks, and an upper deck for enjoying the scenery. The bridge sits forward on the main deck with areas to its port (left) and starboard (right) for passengers to relax. We were sitting on the deck in one of those areas, near the end of our excursion, when the captain advised that we might experience turbulence.texas water safety law admiralty maritime

Texas water safety is governed, in part, by Chapter 31 of the Parks and Wildlife Code. Under this authority, “No person may operate a motorboat so as to create a hazardous wake or wash.” Interestingly, there is also a specific law forbidding the operation of a motorboat in a circular course around anyone swimming or around any other boat or personal watercraft any occupant of which is engaged in fishing, waterskiing, or a similar activity (except to retrieve one of these downed recreationists).

Feeling adventurous, we told the captain we’d stand our ground and take our chances. Our girls were even more excited. They screamed in anticipation. We tightened our life jacket straps. We all grabbed the ship’s rail with white knuckles. Imagine our disappointment when we didn’t even experience a sprinkle.

In our Just for Fun posts, we underscore certain construction and real estate topics just for the fun of it.