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Still Interested?

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

If your land trust operates in a state with a marketable title act, you may have to record your easement again periodically to confirm your interest in the property.

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Don’t let real estate agents break your heart

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Missing out on a Hallmark card or some fancy chocolates may not hurt in the long run, but real estate agents and landowners who sell land without explaining conservation easements can give you lasting heartache.

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How land trusts are using amendments to address future changes

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Leslie Ratley-Beach

The Land Trust Alliance has long held that amendment clauses in conservation easements actually strengthen easements and improve enforceability. Rather than falling short of “protected in perpetuity,” amendment clauses improve the chances that easements will be protected in the long term.

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Cutting in line

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

A subordination agreement lets you cut the line in front of the bank in the case of a lien foreclosure or a bankruptcy proceeding. Without one, the bank can erase your easement and sell the property free of restriction without paying you for it.

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Title chain reaction

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

In recent cases, several land trusts have run into trouble with title defects. From scrivenor’s errors to wild deeds, a title search can discover many potential pitfalls and help you avoid trouble down the road. Title insurance can add another layer of protection.

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Be prepared, don’t be scared

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Leslie Ratley-Beach

Take a lesson from Mohonk Preserve and learn how to protect your staff from less-than-friendly neighbors. The land trust recently won a decades-long dispute over a boundary line before a New York State court. Even better —the family that sold the land to the preserve and other supporters are impressed by the staff and board dedication to lasting conservation.