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We are now into the second Autumn month.  The leaves are beginning to change, the days are getting cooler, and children are thinking about Halloween costumes.  We hope you are enjoying the beginning of Fall and this month's articles.

Two important road bills became law this session.  One imposes an obligation on certain parties to contribute toward maintenance of private roads.  The other allows municipalities to extend the "winter" period for highways to summer cottages.  Read full article.


Lots of homeowners put fences around their properties, for many different reasons.  Some want to keep pets and children contained, others want privacy, and others want to keep trespassers off their property. But where exactly do these fences get built?  Most common is a few feet away from the property line.  Ownership, and therefore responsibility of maintenance, of the fence belongs undisputedly with the property where the fence is located.  Leaving space between a fence and boundary line is reasonable and acceptable, though care must be taken to ensure no encroachments occur between the fence and true boundary line, lest property be lost to adverse possession.  Read full article.

college dorm

Okay, so, you are feeling good about yourself, as a parent, because you got your "child" all the way through high school and got a college or university to take him or her for another four years.  In fact, you even might have had not an entirely tortuous time with your "child," heading out and picking up bedding and other things to get the dorm room set up.  Now, you think you can sit back and relax because you protected them for all those years and you did what you needed to do to.  Not so fast.  Read full article.

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An access easement is a right to pass over someone else's property for - you guessed it - access.  Other types of easements exist that are not for access, such as an easement to place and operate a cell tower on someone's land.  A private road also provides access to one's land.

Generally, only a limited number of people may use an access easement.  Similarly, only a limited number of people may use a private road. Read full article.
Thank you for reading this month's Update.  If you have any questions or suggestions for future topics, please let me know.

Sincerely,   Paul Alfano

Paul J. Alfano, Esq.
Alfano Law Office, PLLC

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