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Legal Treatises by Subject

In this guide you will find general resources for various fields of law arranged alphabetically.

Property

​Friedman, Milton R. and Smith, James Charles. Friedman and Smith on Contracts and Conveyances of Real Property. 8th ed. New York City : Practising Law Institute, 2017- (2019 update) [KF670 .F7 8th] [Available electronically via West Academic to UNC Students and Faculty].

This three volume work discusses the process of selling and conveying real property, from standard clauses in the contract of sale and mortgage issues to deeds and examination of title, to the closing process.

Friedman, Milton R. and Berman, Andrew R. Friedman on Leases. 6th ed. New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, 2017- [Available electronically via PLI Plus to UNC Students and Faculty].

This comprehensive treatise on leases provides analysis and discussion of the history and nature of a lease, the parties, the premises, the term of possession, rent, assignment, subletting, mortgaging, percentage leases, damage and destruction of leased property, repairs, landlord compliance, default, termination, bankruptcy, security, fixtures, uses, and many other topics.

Palomar, Joyce and Patton, Rufford G. Patton and Palomar on Land Titles. Eagan, MN : West Group, 2002- (2018-19 Supplement) [KF670 .P37 2002] [Available electronically via Westlaw to UNC Law Students and Faculty].

This treatise discusses national and state-specific rules regarding land titles, including emerging issues such as impacts of electronic conveyancing and recording, environmental issues, and civil and criminal forfeiture.

Powell, Richard R. Powell on Real Property. Michael Allan Wolf, general editor. New York, NY : LEXIS Pub., 1949- (2019 update) [KF570 .P57 Rev.] [Available electronically via Lexis Advance to UNC Law Students and Faculty].

The primary emphasis of this treatise is on land law, in particular state laws, with some federal decisions included where relevant. Although coverage is focused on the most recent forty years or so of law, historical background is given for a more thorough understanding.

Thomas, David A. Thompson on Real Property. 3rd ed. New Providence, NJ : LexisNexis, 2011- (2015 Supplement) [KF570 .T56 2011] [Available electronically via Lexis Advance to UNC Law Students and Faculty].

A comprehensive treatise on real property law, topics covered by this resource include: adverse possession, agricultural and farm law, constitutional impacts, construction, conveyancing procedures, landlord-tenant, inns and innkeepers, international real property issues, petroleum, property in space, public/private nuisances, weather control and waste.

Webster, James A. et al. Webster's Real Estate Law in North Carolina: Possessory Estates and Present Interests in Real Property. 6th ed. New Providence, NJ : LexisNexis, 2011- (2019 update) [KFN7512 .W42 2011 6th] (Reserve Room).

This resource contains an analytical overview of the Nature and Classification of Property, Estates and Interests in Real Property, Models of Acquisition and Transfer of Title or Interests in Real Property, Examinations of Titles to Real Property in North Carolina, and Uniform Acts and Related Legislation.

Nelson, Grant S. et al. Real Estate Finance Law. 6th ed. St. Paul, MN : West Academic Publishing, 2015- [KF695 .N45 2015] (Reserve Room) [Available electronically via West Academic to UNC Students and Faculty]. 

This treatise provides current, expert coverage on teh law of mortgages, including the mortgagor-mortgagee relationship prior to foreclosure; mortgage substitutes; transfers by the mortgagor; transfers by the mortgagee; payment and prepayment; the foreclosure process; deficiency judgments and anti-deficiency regulation; priority issues; governmental intervention in the mortgage market; and financing real estate construction. 

Nichols, Philip et al. Nichols on Eminent Domain. 3rd ed. Albany, NY : Matthew Bender & Company, 1950- (2019 update) [KF5599.A6 N32] [Available electronically via Lexis Advance to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

Comprehensive and current, this definitive treatise on the law of eminent domain discusses: the origin, characteristics, nature, and extent of the power of eminent domain; valuation and damages; preparation of claims and negotiation; and the passing of ownership and the nature of the title acquired. 

Borron, John A. et al. Law of Future Interests. 3rd ed. St. Paul, MN : Thomson Reuters, 2002- (2019-2020 update) [KF605 .S55] [Available electronically via Westlaw to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

This treatise identifies those laws governing the rights of persons in property when their interests are projected into the future, highlighting direct applications to ordinary situations. This treatise examines such scenarios as planning an estate, preparing a will, creating a trust, and real property issues. 

Madison, Michael et al. The Law of Real Estate Financing. Rev. ed. St. Paul, MN : Thomson Reuters, 2007- (2019 update) [KF5698.3 .M242] [Available electronically via Westlaw to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

This treatise provides a transactional context, offering documentation techniques, citations, planning suggestions, forms, and extensive legal analysis. It addresses the concerns of developers, lenders, and their counsels in its discussion of relevant laws and procedures. 

Burke, D. Barlow et al. Law of Title Insurance. 3rd ed. St. Paul, MN : Thomson Reuters, 2010- [Available electronically via Westlaw to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

Widely cited in appellate and state supreme courts, this treatise offers clause-by-clause analysis of the standard title insurance policy with detailed discussion of all significant new and leading cases as issues arise. 

Eagle, Steven J. Regulatory Takings. 5th ed. New Providence, NJ : Matthew Bender & Company, 2012- (2019 update) [KF5599 .E231] [Available electronically via Lexis Advance to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

This treatise provides clear, yet trenchant analysis of the federal and state constitutional law principles that arise when expanding land use regulation clash with teh right of citizens to receive just compensation when their property is taken.

Robillard, Walter G. et al. Clark on Surveying and Boundaries. 8th ed. New Providence, NJ : Matthew Bender & Company, 2014- (2019 update) [KF683 .C551] [Available electronically via Lexis Advance to UNC Law Students and Faculty]. 

This treatise maintains the proven, easy-to-use format of earlier editions while digesting the latest case law, regulations, and statutes. Cited in decision after decision, Clark on Surveying and Boundaries is recognized by surveyors and lawyers as the authoritative reference on surveying and subdividing public lands. 

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