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Swim at Whose Risk?

Swim at Whose Risk?

  • Feb 20, 2019
  • By Ryan E. Abrams

To the benefit of the communities that surround them, many privately owned forests and pastoral landscapes across Pennsylvania are open for public use. Private landowners may share their land through something as formal as the dedication of a trail easement to something as informal as simply allowing the public onto land to swim in a pond. Recently, the Pennsylvania legislature acted to bolster the already strong protections against liability claims, ensuring the preservation and public enjoyment of more of the natural beauty of Pennsylvania for generations to come.

Recent Changes to the Law of Adverse Possession in Pennsylvania

Recent Changes to the Law of Adverse Possession in Pennsylvania

  • Jan 7, 2019
  • By Ryan E. Abrams

One of the more well settled areas of Pennsylvania law, the law of adverse possession, was subject to both judicial and legislative action in the Commonwealth this year. Adverse possession is a legal mechanism whereby one’s physical possession of the land of another is converted into actual legal title to the land. Each recent change to the law marks a departure from distinct legal concept within the jurisprudence of adverse possession, and many landowners, including municipalities, may now have cause to reevaluate the status of their ownership of certain lands.

Swim at Whose Risk?

Swim at Whose Risk?

  • Feb 20, 2019
  • By Ryan E. Abrams

To the benefit of the communities that surround them, many privately owned forests and pastoral landscapes across Pennsylvania are open for public use. Private landowners may share their land through something as formal as the dedication of a trail easement to something as informal as simply allowing the public onto land to swim in a pond. Recently, the Pennsylvania legislature acted to bolster the already strong protections against liability claims, ensuring the preservation and public enjoyment of more of the natural beauty of Pennsylvania for generations to come.

Recent Changes to the Law of Adverse Possession in Pennsylvania

Recent Changes to the Law of Adverse Possession in Pennsylvania

  • Jan 7, 2019
  • By Ryan E. Abrams

One of the more well settled areas of Pennsylvania law, the law of adverse possession, was subject to both judicial and legislative action in the Commonwealth this year. Adverse possession is a legal mechanism whereby one’s physical possession of the land of another is converted into actual legal title to the land. Each recent change to the law marks a departure from distinct legal concept within the jurisprudence of adverse possession, and many landowners, including municipalities, may now have cause to reevaluate the status of their ownership of certain lands.