Bullsh*t As A Legal Construct #carrotranch

This week’s prompt from the Carrot Ranch

May 17, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps its a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.

‘You ever wanted to buy property, Logan?’

‘Once. Made a lawyer laugh, though.’

‘I didn’t know they were allowed.’

‘Yeah. He read these papers and wrote me the value was adversely impacted by the dodgy basement.’


‘Just listen. When I called, told him it was a second floor flat he laughed. Said it was a crap spell check and he meant an easement?’

‘What’s that?’

‘A right of way.’

‘Why didn’t he say?’

‘That’s what I asked. He said he thought easement was easier to understand than incorporeal hereditament.’

‘Is that even a thing?’


‘Aren’t they all?’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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12 Responses to Bullsh*t As A Legal Construct #carrotranch

  1. Ritu says:

    You do make me giggle!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Good thing I didn’t become a lawyer, Geoff. I agree with you [grin].

    Liked by 1 person

  3. JT Twissel says:

    Gads, my experience with easements has not been good. Most are not well-spelled out to begin with and subject to wildly differing interpretations. BS is right.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What’s black and tan and looks good on a lawyer?
    A Doberman Pinscher.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Good one. 😄 Love these D.O. pieces. (Dialogue only.) A tweep and I used to have D.O. challenges to twitter micro prompts. Fun.

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