Month: June 2023

Dean Alterman to speak on how to build a law firm

On June 28 the Real Property, Trusts and Estates section of the American Bar Association will present a panel discussion with Dean Alterman joining Heather Johnston of Sapphire Law Group and Sarah Cline of Miles & Stockbridge PC.  The panelists will talk about how to build a transactional real estate law practice, whether as a boutique firm (Dean and Heather) or within a larger firm (Sarah), using Dean’s first book as the outline for their presentations.

Dean Alterman to speak tomorrow on three types of easements

On June 14, Dean Alterman will present a Continuing Legal Education program tomorrow for the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Oregon State Bar on three types of easements: view easements, non-development easements (actually servitudes or covenants), and conservation easements.  These are the “You Can’t Do That!” easements.  Instead of giving the grantee permission to use the grantor’s property, the grantor is agreeing NOT to do something on the grantor’s property.   Do you want to protect your property’s view of Mount Hood?  Buy a view easement from the downhill neighbor.

Lawyers who draft view easements and non-development easements must produce agreements that satisfy their clients and are acceptable to the other party. Drafters of conservation easements must keep a third audience in mind: the Internal Revenue Service lists syndicated conservation easements among its Dirty Dozen tax scams.