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PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CLARK COUNTY


Property rights are fundamental to our way of life in the United States. As a republic with a capitalist economy, we must continue to fight for freedom of ownership and control over what is ours. As part of the need for safety, and to ensure the greatest amount of freedom to all, the government does impose necessary restrictions upon property use and ownership. For instance, you may own a car but you have to have a government license to drive it on public roads because everyone else wants to know that you meet the minimum safety requirements before you operate a device that can kill (see also guns, boats, airplanes, etc.).

Likewise, ownership of real estate is controlled. Government must ensure proper maintenance and development of real estate so that it will not be dangerous to others. In other words, if you own a piece of land, you cannot just go and blow up bombs on it without approval from the government because, if you do, you could kill a neighbor which would severely restrict your neighbor's rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In addition, real estate must be regulated in order to maintain the property values of neighbors.

To many, it can be a royal pain in the neck and expensive to comply with all the regulations, but comply we must. Most of the time, local laws are relevant to regulate real estate, however there are federal laws as well. For instance, if you own a business or multi-dwelling residential complex, the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that certain conditions must be met in order to ensure accessibility to the less fortunate among us. The burden to the property owner to be in compliance, and it is a burden, is considered less of a burden than the constant burden a citizen with a disability must face. Disabled folks are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness too, so there is often a tension between competing interests. Also, let us not forget the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which are intended to prevent discrimination against minorities.

Because property rights are so important, Attorney Anthony Wright studied real estate at University and earned his degree, Bachelor of Science in Business/Real Estate Studies. At University, his classes included: Real Estate Finance; Real Estate Investment; Real Property Law; Insurance Law; Management; Accounting; Marketing; and Business Administration. He graduated in the top one percent of his class.

After graduation, Anthony then attended law school, where again, he focused most of his coursework on property related themes. His classes included: two semesters of Property Law; two semesters of Contract Law; one semester of Wills, Trusts and Estates; one semester of Community Property; one semester of Estate and Gift Tax; one semester of Law Practice Management; and one semester of Land Use Regulations. Again, he graduated in the top of his class.

Following law school, Anthony worked on various projects involving land use in Las Vegas, during a time of phenomenal growth in the Las Vegas Valley. Besides managing rental units, he worked on applications for business licenses, permits, and variances on projects ranging from basic residential projects (permits for fences, setback variances, etc.) to commercial uses (casinos, strip clubs, and restaurants). He also worked for a year and a half on large complex litigation lawsuits defending builders from alleged defects in buildings. Construction defect law involves builders' violations of laws, codes, and industry standards of care which devalue buildings and pose threats to health and safety.

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