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Nature Worth Preserving - Blue Heron's Blog

  • Writer's pictureHope Herron

Providing a life estate for a Holocaust survivor

In Groveland Township, the need for privacy and peace and quiet was very important to one homeowner who had survived the horrors of the Holocaust. He negotiated a life estate agreement in which the land was given to the conservancy, but he and his wife were allowed to live out their life there undisturbed. A further benefit was that he was relieved of property taxation as the conservancy was the actual owner and it was excused from taxation by law. Upon his death, the conservancy retained an easement on the land and sold the house to a young buyer who also valued the private woodland setting.

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