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Abandonment - Property That Can Be Abandoned

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Various types of personal property—such as personal and household items—contracts, copyrights, inventions, and PATENTS can be abandoned. Certain rights and interests in real property, such as EASEMENTS and leases, may also be abandoned. Suppose a ranch owner, for example, gives a shepherd an easement to use a path on her property so that the sheep can get to a watering hole. The shepherd later sells his flock and moves out of the state, never intending to return. This conduct demonstrates that the shepherd has abandoned the easement, since he stopped using the path and intends never to use it again. Ownership of real property cannot be obtained because someone else abandoned it but may be gained through ADVERSE POSSESSION.

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