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Property owners debate validity of longtime real estate easement

New neighbor blocks access to public road

The Larsson Family Trust owns a 160-acre parcel. Adjoining it is a 122-acre parcel that was purchased by Jimmy and Deama Grabach in 1998. At that time, there was an unpaved road across the Grabach property that the Larssons used to reach a public road. After purchasing their property, Jimmy Grabach locked the road gate between the two parcels. The Larsson Family Trust sued the Grabachs for an easement by necessity to their landlocked property that lacked access to a public road, or for an easement by implication due to the previous use. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Evidence showed the two parcels were created in 1942 when Nelson Nathan Logan died intestate without a will. His property was distributed by the probate court to his heirs, each receiving adjoining parcels. Douglas Larsson, by inheritance, acquired his 160-acre property in 1995. When the Grabachs bought their adjoining parcel in 1998, they were aware of the dirt road over it used by the Larssons. If you were the ...

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