When you’re satisfied with all the easement’s terms and ready to sign, close on your easement to have it go into effect.
Before you sign, make sure you’ve gone through the steps in this checklist as well as discussed your desire for an easement with your family, an attorney, and a tax professional.
If you're like a lot of landowners, logging doesn't happen often on your woodlot. Rather than risk audits and penalties, consider hiring a tax professional when you have timber-related income.
Most easements are held by local non-profit groups called land trusts. The first step in getting an easement is to meet with your local land trust to see if you and they will be good fits for each other.
Conservation easements stay with the property even after you no longer own it, so involve your family, especially potential heirs, in your choice of whether or not to ease your land.
Easement contract language can be confusing. Get a second opinion on your potential easement agreement by showing it to an attorney or estate planner familiar with land laws.