Volume 18, Number 3
April/May 2001

COLUMNS

From the Editor Jennifer J. Rose
Earth-Shattering Issues.

The Chair's Corner Wynn A. Gunderson
In Defense of the Turf

The Business of Law Edward Poll
The View from One Crystal Ball

In the Solutions Ed Blewer
North, South, East, and West.

FEATURES

The Dirt on Real Estate

A Construction Law Primer
Marc M. Schneier
Legal issues that arise during construction projects include delay claims, economic injuries, and construction safety.

CERCLA and RCR: Minimize Your Liablity
Geraldine Edens
CERCLA looks backward, pinning responsibilty for hazardous waste cleanup onto current and previous owners, generators, and transporters; while RCRA looks forward, actively managing hazardous wastes from generation to disposal.

Environmental Due Diligence: How Much Is Enough?
Carol R. Boman
The parties to any real estate transaction buyers, sellers, developers, tenants, appraisers, lenders, and insurers need to know if the real estate is contaminated and what effect it will have on the economics of the deal. That's where the site assessment comes in..

Envionmental Contamination: Making a Claim for Property Damages
Gail L. Wurtzler
When property is contaminated, it can adversely affect the current owner and neighbors. Your advice to clients will depend on whether the contamination is temporary or permanent, costs of repair, and availability of stigma and proximity damages .

Underground Storage Tanks
Walter G. Wright, Jr.
Find out about the federal regulations governing design, maintenance, and required response to a spill; and whether a gasoline additive as methyl tertiary buty ether(MTBE) heightems the risks associated with UST spills..

Lead Paint: Beyond the Landlord/Tenant Context
Catherine A. Potthast
Maybe you thought that lead paint is a concern only to property owners or tenants, but federal regulations also affect your client who are buyers and sllers or real property, real estate agents, construction workers, contractors, renovators, and home inspectores.

Mold: An Emerging Contruction Defect
Alexander Roberston IV
Learn how to make a toxic mold case, including potential causes of action, testing for mold, interpretation of test results, use of expert testimony, recoverable damages, statutes of limitations, and recent cases.

Tax Consequences of Real Estate Transactions in Divorce
John J. Weiler
Divorce usually spawns a number of real estate trasactions. Lawyers need to pay attention to I.R.C. 1041, the temporary Treasury Regulations, and recent legislation on the tax treatment of gain realized on the sale of a principal residence.

Using Legal Assistants in a Real Estate Practice
James R. Walston
Integrating legal assistants into your practice takes some planning, but ut can be well worth the effort. Here's How.

 

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