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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

The newest Maiden Lane series is out today.  Yay!  It is going to be a wonderful birthday!  You can read online the prologue of LORD OF DARKNESS by Elizabeth Hoyt.  When you buy an Elizabeth Hoyt book, your hours of entertainment is guaranteed!

When the previous book about Winter Makepeace came out, I was so sad because I thought the series would end, and I won't have my dose of the Ghost of St. Giles anymore.  But here is Godric St. John.  He is an interesting character to read.  Godric has depth, and a sense of humor. I find myself laughing out loud with his dry, deadpan humor.

Margaret, the baby of Makepeace family. From the previous book, she fell in love with Roger, and had a baby with him before marriage. She did not care because she was in love, but unfortunately, Roger was killed. Her brother arranged for her to be married to Godric, then she promptly lost her baby after the wedding.

Fast forward two years, and here's Megs, trying to make a connection with her husband of two years. I find her effort endearing, and at times, hilarious. Then there's Godric, with his secret that got him into this predicament in the first place.

This book has enjoyable plot, clever and entertaining conversations, and fascinating supporting cast. It's like Downtown Abbey and Pride Pride and Prejudice in terms of enjoyment.

I highly recommend this book. Elizabeth Hoyt had outdone herself, again. A huge thanks to Jessica for this opportunity to review my favorite author's book. Just so you know, I have an MPT (Multi-state Practice Test), a lawyer skills exam tomorrow...and here I am devouring Ms. Hoyt's book!

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Productive Saturday -- Future Interest --- Bah!

My pen of choice 14 years ago when I was studying biochemistry

I finally conquered future interest. It is a nightmarish subject. It's all rather simple but nitpicky. What do I mean? It is about owning land. There's the PRESENT possessory owners. Basically, there are six types:

1. Fee Simple Absolute [FSA --- O (owner) owns the land forever
-----Ex: O -> to A & his heirs, usually means it's FSA. Modern trend does not require "& his heirs" but around 1700, it must be said, or you only own the land until you die, i.e. LE.

2. Fee Tail [FT] --- that's why we have Pride and Prejudice and Downtown Abbey (although my property professor said, if the oldest daughter could have waited just five more years, FT would have gone away.
-----Ex: O -> to A & the male heirs of his body. This is not allowed in the US today.

3. Fee Simple Determinable [FSD] --- the 1st of the three defeasible fees (could still own the land forever until). It just means that you own the land until you breach the condition, in which case, the land automatically reverts to O.
-----Ex: O -> to A & heirs of his body, as long as land is used as a farm.

4. Fee Simple Subject on Condition Subsequent [FSCS] --- the 2nd of the three defeasible. It means that if grantee (the person occupying the land) breach whatever it is he's not supposed to, then O gets the land back, but only if he claims the land back.
-----Ex: O -> to A & his heirs, on the condition that alcohol is not serve on the premises, otherwise, grantor reserve the right to enter and terminate premises.

5. Fee Simple Subject to Executory Limitations [FSEL] --- meant that there's condition to the ownership. If grantee breach condition, then ownership goes to a 3rd person, neither of which is O or grantee.
-----Ex: O -> to A & his heirs, so long as democrat is the president, then to C & his heirs.

6. Life Estate [LE] --- means the land is owned by someone until they die. It could also be conditional, in which case, you have LE determinable or LE on Condition Subsequent, or LE on Executory Limitation.
-----Ex: O -> to A for life.

Then, there are FUTURE possessory interest. It just means that if O conveyed a lesser estate than FSA, these future interest [FI] account for the rest of the land. It's like math, everything must be accounted for. So, FI's are:
1. Reversion [RV] --- it means that grantor gets the land if an owner of LE dies, for example.
-----RV goes with anything that ends naturally, like LE, or FT, or tenancy of years

2. Possibility of Reverter [PR] --- goes with FSD above.

3. Right of Entry/ Power of Termination [RE/PT] --- goes with FSCS

4. Executory Interest [EI] --- goes with FSEL, and usually future interest that cuts off preceding estate

5. Remainder [Rem] --- sort of like RV, but it goes to a 3rd person, neither O or grantee. It does not cut off, it waits patiently for the preceding estate to end.

Remainder has 4 kinds.
1. Vested Remainder [VR] --- means the person owning the FI is ascertained, born, and ownership is not subject to any condition.
-----Ex: O -> to A for life, then to B & his heirs. (A = LE, B = VR in FSA, meaning B gets it forever when it's his turn. O gets nothing because FSA is all inclusive, nothing left over.

2. Vested Remainder Subject to Open/or partial divestment [VRO] --- means recipient is a class of people (children for example), one is at least ascertained or born, and it has a possibility of growing more.
-----Ex: O -> to A for life, then to A's children & their heirs (at time of grant, A is 25yo and has 1 child, X) X = VRO

3. Vested Remainder Subject to Complete Divestment [VRD] --- at least one ascertained person, but subject to condition subsequent [CS]. CS means that something has to happen before FI holder gets the property.
-----Ex: O -> to A for life, and on A's death, to B, but if B predeceases A, on A's death, to C. Here, B's taking the land is subject to CS, or contingent on his surviving A--expressed as condition subsequent.

4. Contingent remainder [CR] --- means that FI hold is unascertain, and subject to CP
-----Ex: O -> to A for life, and on A's death to B if B survives A, O gets reversion here because if B dies first, then there is no FI for him, O has to get the land back.

EI has two forms:
1. Springing Executory Interest --- follows a gap, or divest a transferor (or O)
-----Ex: O -> to A when and if A marries B. B's FI is not remainder because if A's interest becomes present interest, it will divest O's FSA (O at time of grant has FSEL).

2. Shifting Executory Interest --- Divests a tranferee, not a remainder because (a) preceding estate is not LE, and (b) it is capable of cutting short the preceding estate.
-----Ex: O -> to A & her heirs; but if B returns from Philippines, then and in that event to B & his heirs. Here, A has FSEL, and since FI is created in a transferee, it has to be either Rem or EI. Since, on B's return, it cuts off A's estate, then it is shifting EI

So, if I can keep them straight in 24 multiple choice question for an hour, then I will get good grades. This is the very gets worse. Then there's pre-1700, then there's modern, then there's leases. It's not so boring.

On that note, so thankful for PENTEL RSVP RT pens. They make taking MC practices fun. I only found them after trying on close to a hundred pens.

my pen of choice now, that I'm studying to be a lawyer

Friday, February 22, 2013


I am feeling weird. I thought light was blinking in the lecture room earlier. It wasn't. It was just my eyes playing tricks on me. And now, I was walking to my car when I feel weird again. Like I just run. It's those darn future interest. It's aggravating.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines

I do not keep track of holidays. I have a lowered expectations.  I do not get offended when my darling husband forgets Valentines.  But sometimes, when he remembers, it's fun.  I'm not big on gifts, receiving it, that is.  I love giving gifts, but it requires shopping, and that stresses me out so much.

My poor children have gotten used to birthday shopping trip. That's how mommy gifts them.  The upside is, they always get what they want for their birthday.  Sometimes, once to three times I year, I'd give them gifts, but it's never in sync with their birthdays.  I guess that is why I don't mind people forgetting special days because I get stressed thinking about having to shop for gifts.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Best Laid Plans

Super Memory - Super Student: How to Raise Your Grades in 30 Days (Paperback)

By: Harry Lorayne (Author)
I am reading this book. I am on chapter two.  Now I know why one is d/t, two is n, three is m, 4 is r, five is L, and so on.  I like it. I have not gotten to the part when I can use these peg system to match with words.  School got in the way.

I have two ICWs due, a demand letter, property law exam to prepare for and moot court trial to prepare. 

I amazed myself with this book. I can recall 30 things not related to each other.  But all those things are tangible.  This book would have been really helpful with Anatomy and Physiology, biochemistry, etc.  However, I'm  in law school now.  I need this book for a different set of skills.  I should really review my speed reading and retention book. 

I think that every single person can always use the skills of speed reading.  I definitely have my kids reading the speed reading book and this super memory books.  Two weeks after reading this book, I can still recall the order of hardness for stones (geology class).  It starts with talc and ends in diamond.  How awesome is that?

I actually need this skills for my present possessory estates.  For each kind of estate, there's magic words that made them so.  In addition, each type of estate comes with future reversion or right of entry.  Now, can you see why I need this book?  I can't very well reason my way out of my property law exam if I do not have my arsenals (rules, types, etc) in place in my head.
1.  Fee Simple Absolute
2.  Fee Tail
3.  Fee Simple Determinable
4.  Fee Simple Subject to Condition Subsequent
5.  Fee Simple Subject to Executory Limitations
6.  Life Estate.  With each estate type
(3-5 are the three types of Defeasible Fees)