Lively, entertaining, current cases make it enjoyable to learn the fundamentals of Property Law.Who keeps the $82,000 of abandoned drug money found in the gas tank of a vehicle sold by the U.S. to an innocent purchaser? Who is entitled to the engagement ring when a marriage doesn’t take place?Is it really possible for a neighborhood group to gain title to a $3.3 million piece of land in New York City by adverse possession? What authority do US courts have over the ownership rights to sunken treasure found outside the territorial jurisdiction of any country? What are the special things to watch for when buying a condominium – or a time share estate? What about mortgages, easements, deeds, water rights, land use restrictions, landlord-tenant relationships, and environmental regulations? These, and many other important topics of basic Property Law are covered in memorable, recent cases included in this book. It turns out that Property Law is fascinating!
Lucy Marsh, a graduate of Smith College and the University of Michigan Law School, has been teaching Property Law for more than forty years, always tracking down new, interesting cases to keep the materials fresh and relevant for each new group of students. During school vacations she takes groups of volunteer students to do free wills and related documents for tribal members on Indian reservations in Colorado, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah – thus helping students learn the realities of the actual practice of law. This is the fifth casebook she has published.