Jedediah Mannis


Prior to his retirement, the late Jedediah Mannis had more than thirty years of legal experience as a member of the Massachusetts Bar. His practice emphasized administrative, real estate, zoning, subdivision and environmental law, with a special emphasis on limited development and land preservation.

Mr. Mannis also did appellate work before the Massachusetts Appellate Court and maintained an active motions and administrative law practice. He appeared before planning boards, conservation commissions and other municipal boards and agencies in more than thirty towns. His clients included homeowners, citizen advocates and other individuals, small corporations and general and limited partnerships.

Mr. Mannis also served for many years as the executive director of the Shelter Island Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of forest land, wildlife habitats, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive open space through the limited development of otherwise fully developable land.

He graduated from Yale Law School in 1969 and from the Harvard Divinity School in 2004. He is the author of Bound to be a Soldier: The Civil War Letters of James T. Miller. (Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2001), Biography of Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, Unitarian Universalist Biographical Dictionary, and Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church (Seattle, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2009).  He was an adjunct instructor in theology at the Boston University School of Theology.

Articles By Jedediah Mannis

Contractor Does Lousy Work, Files Mechanics' Lien for Nonpayment: Now What?
You say the contractor doesn't deserve payment, but now the contractor has put a lien on your house: What's next?
My Tree Fell on Neighbor's Garage: Who Pays?
Who is responsible, when your tree, or a branch from your tree, falls on your neighbor’s garage or fence or shed and causes serious damage?
My Home Contractor Isn't Finishing the Job: What Can I Do?
When a remodeling or construction project is delayed long-term because of the contractor's inaction, what can a homeowner do?
Should I Buy the Vacant Lot Next to My Property?
Depending on zoning and other considerations, you may be able to enhance the value of your property or create new buildable space by buying land that adjoins your own.
Laws That Affect Building a Home by the Beach
Planning to build a house on the ocean or other shoreline? Special laws and regulations could limit your building plans and procedures for getting approval.
Why Financing the Construction of a New Home Could Involve More Than One Loan
An overview of the types of loans most buyers of vacant land use for purchase and construction.
How Do I Get a Loan to Build a New House on Vacant Land?
Without an existing house to add value to your collateral, showing the bank or lender that you're worthy of a loan involves extra challenges.
Can Neighbors Stop Me From Building Home on Vacant Land Because Their View Will Be Blocked?
Make sure your neighbors won't have cause to complain -- or worse -- about how your new construction has blocked their view.
Zoning Rules Changed After I Bought House: Can I Still Add On?
What happens when your long-planned improvements suddenly don't fit within local zoning allowances.
Worker Injured During Homebuilding Project: Who Pays?
If you don't take steps to find out in advance whether workers in your home are insured for injuries, you could end up having to cover medical and other costs.