Prescott AZ lawyer easements. An “easement” is a legal right to use a certain piece of land for a specific purpose. Arizona easements are no different. It is the right of one person to go onto the land of another person and make a limited use of the land. There are certain rules which relate to the creation of easements, to the termination of easements, and to the scope of easements.
Easements are usually classified as “Easements Appurtenant” and as “Easements in Gross.” An easement is appurtenant when in the creation of the easement it is attached to a piece of land and benefits the owner of such land in his/her use and enjoyment of the land. An “Easement in Gross” is one when in the creation of the easement is intended to benefit a person rather than the owner or possessor of land.
To understand easements, one must understand “Dominant Tenements” and “Servient Tenements.” A “Dominant Tenement” is the land whose owner is benefited by the easement. A “Servient Tenement” is the land whose owner is burdened by the easement.
Easements may be “implied” or “express.” An “express” easement is one which is created in a writing which meets certain statutory requirements. An easement may be “implied” if at the time of a conveyance one part of the land is being used for the benefit of another part of the land and the use is apparent and the use is continuous for a certain period of time and the use is reasonably necessary to the enjoyment of the dominant parcel of land.
An easement by prescription arises when a parcel of land is used for a certain purpose for a certain period of time and the use is “open, hostile, notorious and continuous” as those words have been defined in “adverse possession” cases by Arizona courts.
An easement may be extinguished (terminated) in several different ways. An easement may be extinguished intentionally or unintentionally. Thus, a conveyance of land may have the effect of terminating an easement when the person making the conveyance did not intend to do so.
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