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If a tree falls on Long Island and nobody is home to hear it...

Written by Posted On Saturday, 25 January 2014 06:19

As I look out my back window at the swirling winds bending the trees in my backyard in Long Island, New York this age-old question comes to mind...

If a tree on my property falls onto a neighbors property it most definitely made a sound but, who is legally responsible for its removal and any damage that it may have caused?

In tree-dense and storm-prone Long Island any major wind event will cause a couple of things to potentially occur.

The first is a loss of electricity because in most areas the power lines are aboveground.

The second is the potential damage caused by falling trees followed by the question stated above. Realistically of course if a tree falls on our neighbors property the two owners will likely try and work something out for its removal.

But what if the tree caused damage to something in the neighbors yard or worse hit the neighbors house? Who now is LEGALLY responsible?

In an article written by District of Columbia attorney Benny Kass the answer is revealed!

Read at The Hallmark Abstract Sentinel here.



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Michael Haltman

Hallmark Abstract Service provides title insurance for both residential and commercial real estate transactions in New York State.

Hallmark Abstract President Michael Haltman is also extremely involved with the combat veterans 501(c)(3) Heroes To Heroes Foundation, serving as the Board Chair.

Hallmark Abstract Service

In 2008 we opened our doors focused on two primary goals:

Number one was to be a title insurance company that would provide clients with a superior finished product that completely protects their interests for what will likely be one of the largest transactions of their lifetime.

Number two was to insure that the experience of working with Hallmark Abstract Service was as easy and seamless as possible for all parties involved in the transaction!

From the number of satisfied clients who come back to Hallmark Abstract Service time after time for their title insurance needs, the evidence bears out that we have accomplished these two goals in the past and will maintain our client centric focus far into the future!

Michael Haltman

Post 1984 MBA in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany that concentrated on the tax-exempt market, Michael became a municipal bond analyst at Shearson/Lehman Brothers tasked with following general obligation issuers on the city and state level as well as housing bonds secured by mortgage pools.

This experience at Shearson/Lehman Brothers followed by stints at PaineWebber and Citigroup provided a broad framework and understanding of the real estate and mortgage markets.

As CEO of Exeter Commercial which underwrote and funded commercial mortgage loans as a correspondent lender, title insurance played a critical role in both the underwriting and closing process.

In 2008 recognizing both an opportunity and need, Hallmark Abstract Service was born.


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