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College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

VFW to Pot Heads: Give us our name back
Peoria Journal Star (blog)February 1, 2012

Prosecutors say Hubbard had registered his group with the Illinois Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trusts and was a licensed fund-raiser. He would tell victims his group picked up where other veterans' groups left off. The perjury charge stems ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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Dubai Real Estate Market Overview, Q4 2011
Dubai ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

The Dubai Government announced the introduction of 'Law no 13 of 2011′ in an effort to boost business confidence and attract new investment to the real estate market. The amended commercial law aims to create a more transparent, efficient and ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. Supports Washington Brake Regulation, Calls for ...
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

The fibers are sometimes used in brake pads as well many other industrial and commercial products. The Better Brakes Law is Washington's attempt to protect its auto-mechanics and environment from exposure to asbestos and other toxins.more »

Commercial Real Estate
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Movers & Shakers for Feb. 5, 2012
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Atkins graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School and holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, where he graduated ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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ROCK CREEK DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS, LLC v. BELLOWS
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

On appeal after remand in this mechanics' lien dispute, appellant-property owners argue that (1) the amount of the lien claimed by respondent mechanic's lienor is excessive because, after respondent breached the construction contract, appellants made ...more »

Mortgage Plan Aims at Refinancing
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

“I am sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner in America a chance to save about $3000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing at historically low rates,” he told an audience in Falls Church, Va. “No more red tape.more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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AlphaNorth Asset Management Announces Filing of Final Prospectus for ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

1, 2012 /CNW/ - AlphaNorth Asset Management is pleased to announce that AlphaNorth 2012 Flow-Through Limited Partnership (the "Partnership") has filed a final prospectus in connection with its initial public offering of limited partnership units to ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Homeowner winsappeal in Garfieldinspection case
NorthJersey.comFebruary 4, 2012

was found guilty in Garfield Municipal Court of denying Gerald Walis, the city's construction and fire official, access to the premises so he could inspect it on multiple occasions in 2009 and 2010. After the first trial, Heine was required to pay a ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Property disclosure ranks high among real estate legal disputes
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Combining surveys of state real estate commissions and other key people in the business with a close analysis of case law and recently enacted statutes, the document identifies potential pitfalls that can ensnare anyone. Property condition disclosures ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Guest Column: Who actually owns property?
Historic City NewsFebruary 10, 2012

Further, it is the responsibility of every property owner to follow ordinances enacted by local communities and commissions and follow the process of appeal as granted by our laws. Eminent domain was a practice, which came to America from England and ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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What's Up Doc?
Mesquite Citizen JournalFebruary 9, 2012

It is words on paper, so you don't have a photographic depiction, but you get the idea about how restrictive they wanted to be, especially when it comes to architectural styles, and the tone of the community. The Declaration of the Covenants, ...more »

Foreclosure
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Credit Suisse, Standard, BAA, Glaxo, AIG, Apple in Court News
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Standard Life Wins $157 Million Insurance Suit Over Lehman Loss Standard Life Plc (SL/) won a 100 million pound ($157 million) case over whether insurers, including ACE European Group Ltd., had to pay for losses on asset-backed securities after the ...more »

Title Litigation
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Gulf oil spill blame is focus of New Orleans court case
NOLA.comFebruary 5, 2012

Oil Rig Explosion gallery (24 photos) Assuming the case doesn't settle -- the parties to this case have said they're going to trial -- the event is expected to be the largest environmental litigation in history and the biggest event ever held at ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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South Africa can expect a new REIT regulation in 2013
SA Commercial Prop NewsFebruary 16, 2012

By SA Commercial Prop News 9 minutes ago South Africa's new Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) legislation has been earmarked for finalisation in 2013. “The internationally-recognised REIT structure exists in countries such as the US, Australia, ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Boone County Board to give wind farm law a closer look
Rockford Register StarFebruary 5, 2012

Staman said the township board is neutral on the project, but it has concerns about damage to roads during construction, decommissioning turbines once their useful life is over and how far turbines could be placed from homes.more »

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