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O'Neill v. Williams

Maine Supreme Judicial Court
527 A.2d 322 (1987)


Facts

Thomas O’Neill (plaintiff) owned land on Vinalhaven Island, which had been owned by Moses Webster. In 1882, Webster had conveyed a narrow strip of his land near the sea and stated in the deed that a right-of-way to the water was reserved. Without the right-of-way, Webster’s land did not have any access to the sea. Margaret Williams (defendant) ultimately purchased the narrow strip of land. O’Neill sued, seeking a declaratory judgment that he had title to an easement over the narrow strip pursuant to the 1882 deed. The trial court ruled for O’Neill and determined that deed created an easement appurtenant to the land. Williams appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Clifford, J.)

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