Boundary disputes occur when 2 or more parties claim to have ownership of the same land. It can also happen when the property owners disagree on how a particular land is used like extending tree limbs in the yard. Situations like this can be easily solved but sometimes they are difficult to deal with, they end up with endless debates when it comes to solving the dispute and there has to be a legal intervention.
If you have a property line dispute with your neighbor you have to make the right approach and take the necessary steps that are needed in order to solve the problem easily. If you believe you’re the owner of any property and someone is making a claim, you have the right to protect your property. In this article, we’ll outline some important steps that need to be taken in order to resolve property line disputes
Know Your Boundary
The first and most important step is to identify the boundary of your property, make sure you have a line that separates your property from neighbors’, you should have this on a map so that it can be used as evidence, and always make sure the line is clearly drawn so that it can be seen clearly. Without an exact boundary line of your property, it’s difficult to make a claim when disputes arise. You can know your boundary line by checking your home documentation; you should talk to a surveyor to have boundary lines for you when you buy a new house.
Talk Your Neighbor
If you have a boundary dispute with your neighbor you should talk to them in a friendly manner before you do anything else; you’re letting them know that they’ve interfered with your property. Having a polite conversation sometimes can deal with the problem or at least both of you can begin a resolution process.
Don’t even try to argue with your neighbor, if he’s not ready for the polite conversation just walk away and don’t say anything that could be used against you when the matter reaches to the court. Whatever your neighbor offers and you’re not satisfied with it, you shouldn’t accept right in the first place, state clearly all your needs. It’s always a good idea to see if you can resolve things before filing a lawsuit because you’ll save yourselves time and money.
Talk To Your Attorney
If you can’t resolve things with your neighbor it’s now time to talk to a lawyer, you should talk to an attorney that specializes in dealing with real estate lawsuits so that he can guide you along the process and if a lawsuit is needed he knows how to do it properly. A good property dispute attorney will help you collect all the important evidence that will be needed in the court so as to make the proper claim to your property.
Once you find a lawyer and have suggested the right steps to be taken you can now talk to your neighbor and let him know that you’re taking legal action against him. Your lawyer should send a letter to the party that’s involved in the dispute letting them know what the dispute is all about and if they’re still not co-operating a lawsuit will be filed against them.
Filing A Lawsuit
If there is still not a mutual agreement between you and your neighbor, now is the time to file a lawsuit against the party that interfered with your property. Document everything from the beginning with the responses your neighbor made when you talked to him and even include possible witnesses.
Solving property line disputes can be a complex process and can take some time to deal with, anyone involved has to take the right steps or will end up losing the case. The best way to go about this is to find a competent attorney right from the beginning of the dispute to make sure that you’re doing the right thing and will advise you of what not to do that will be used against you in the eyes of law.
If you’re having a property line dispute with your neighbor and want to deal with the issue quickly, you should contact us at Massey & Duffy for proper counseling, we’ve helped many clients in the past and have successfully solved property line disputes.