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How do you legally evict a roommate? While the answer depends on your specific situation, there are some general principles to keep in mind.

Although getting a roommate can be a great way to share the costs of renting a house or apartment, sometimes things just don't work out. But similar to when a landlord wants to evict a tenant, you'll want to make sure the law is on your side when considering evicting a roommate. A wrongful eviction may subject you to legal liability, which can be quite costly to resolve.

So how should you evict a roommate? Here are some general guidelines:

If your tree falls onto a neighbor's property, it might not make a sound, but you may be liable.

Trees can fall for any number of different reasons: construction, heavy storms, and even just the natural end of a tree's life.

But in each of these situations where your tree topples onto your neighbor's property, when are you liable? Here's a general overview:

If you're looking to buy or sell a home or other property, you're probably already talking to a real estate broker and a mortgage lender. But what about a real estate lawyer?

There are many parts of a typical real estate transaction that can use a real estate lawyer's expertise. And if your real estate deal turns out to be atypical, having a real estate lawyer on your side can definitely pay off.

Here are five things a real estate lawyer can do that you probably can't:

Subletting your apartment can be a great way to pay your rent while you're on an extended vacation or away for work. But there are some legal pitfalls you'll want to avoid.

Short-term subletting is more popular than ever thanks to online services like Airbnb. However, these same sublets are also increasingly leading to eviction and even lawsuits. Case in point: a New York artist who's being sued for renting out her rent-controlled loft; she allegedly charged renters three times what she herself paid in rent, according to The New York Daily News.

Don't let that happen to you. Here are five tips to help keep you out of trouble if you're thinking about subletting your living space:

Many landlords wish to go into their tenants' units unannounced, but entering without notice can have real legal consequences.

While entering a tenant's unit without notice may be permissible in cases of emergency or abandonment, it's still a good idea to provide some form of notice.

So listen up landlords. Here's what you need to know about giving notice, and what can happen if you don't give proper notice before entering a tenant's unit:

Medical marijuana is gaining legal ground in many states, but do landlords have to accept tenants who are constantly "medicated?"

Medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which may give landlords reason to ban all marijuana use in their properties, even with a prescription.

So what can landlords do about medical marijuana?

Legal How-To: Getting Squatters Evicted

It's always unsettling to come home and find that squatters are living on your property, but how can you get rid of them?

In some cases, you may get in trouble by forcibly removing squatters from your property, so there are some legal considerations you need to keep in mind. Here's a general overview:

For Arbor Day: Is It Legal to Cut Down Trees?

Happy Arbor Day! Though the day's goal is to inspire people to plant and celebrate trees, you may also be wondering if it's legal to cut down trees -- especially when it's a neighbor's tree that's somehow interfering with the enjoyment of your property.

Many people also wonder if it's legal to cut down a tree in the forest for personal use, such as for firewood or even to harvest your own Christmas tree.

So what are the laws regarding cutting down trees? Let's branch out a bit and consider these scenarios:

A Nevada rancher has prevailed in a standoff against the federal government over grazing rights for his cattle. But the legal battles are far from over.

Cliven Bundy, 67, attracted the attention of militiamen nationwide after he refused to pay grazing fees to the federal government -- which then seized Bundy's cattle. States' rights protestors and militia members rallied to Bundy's side, escalating tensions until the Bureau of Land Management finally agreed to release his cows on Saturday, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

What legal troubles still await this stalwart rancher?

What Is a Public Nuisance?

Mosquitoes and hangnails are everyday nuisances, but legally speaking, what is a public nuisance?

You may have seen the term used in the news, as a Southern California city recently decided that odors from a spicy Sriracha plant are a public nuisance.

So what is the legal effect of being deemed a public nuisance?