Professor Tanya Marsh publishes article on changes in the American funeral and retail industries

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Tanya Marsh posing in the Worell Professional Center

Tanya Marsh, Associate Professor of Law

Professor Marsh published an article titled, “A New Lease on Death” in the “Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal” Vol. 49, No. 3 on April 6, 2015.

Professor Marsh discusses challenges posed to the retail real estate industry from a new find of tenant that she calls “retail funeral establishment” (i.e casket stores, cremation arrangement, satellite funeral homes, etc.) Many of these establishments are seeking to locate in retail areas, particularly multi-tenant shopping centers across the country. This new land use raises challenges for real estate attorneys regarding whether retail funeral establishments are permitted in retail developments pursuant to public and private land use controls.

This article will¬† be published in the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, a peer-reviewed journal produced by the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section.

A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2010,  Professor Marsh clerked for the Indiana Supreme Court, practiced commercial real estate and corporate law with two large Indianapolis law firms, and spent five years as in-house counsel with a public shopping center REIT. She teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, a Seminar on Law, Business, and the Economy, Funeral and Cemetery Law, and Professional Development. Her scholarship addresses commercial real estate, the regulation of community banks, and the laws regarding the status, treatment, and disposition of human remains.

The full article can be accessed here.