Let a Prince George’s County easement lawyer resolve your easement dispute
Although most people think ownership of real property gives them complete control over the property, very often that is not the case. In many situations, property in Prince George’s County is subject to easements that have either been granted by express agreement or by implication.
Whether you are seeking to make use of an easement, limit the terms of an easement, or settle another issue, it can be extremely helpful to work with a lawyer who understands how to resolve easement disputes. We invite you to talk to a knowledgeable easement lawyer at the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. to learn how we could solve your problem.
How Easements Work in Maryland
An easement is the right to use property. Someone can have a legal right to use property even if they have no deed, lease, or any type of ownership interest. When one party holds a legal easement, the property owner is not allowed to take action that interferes with the use permitted by that easement.
For instance, utility providers often have an easement to install and maintain lines. Someone who owns a piece of property that does not front on a road may have an easement that allows them to pass between the property and the road.
The terms and permitted uses of an easement may be set forth in a contract or deed. That type of easement is an express easement. In other situations, however, an easement may exist due to customary usage or necessity. In these cases, the person who wants to use the easement may need to show why the easement is necessary or that the easement has been used continuously for 20 years or more without permission.
Disputes Involving Easements
Easement disputes often involve two main types of situations. The first is where a property owner builds something on the land that interferes with the easement holder’s use of the property. For instance, if you build a fence through an easement, a court could order you to take it down if the easement holder proves your fence violates their right of use.
The second common type of easement dispute arises when the easement holder takes advantage of the easement to use the property for unauthorized purposes. An easement lawyer could help parties involved understand what is permitted under the terms of an easement and work to negotiate a solution that meets the needs of everyone involved.
To Protect Your Rights, Call an Easement Lawyer in Prince George’s County
Easement rights are crucial to the use of many properties in Prince George’s County, and the law provides considerable protections for easement holders. However, whether you own the property or are the one seeking to use an easement on that property, it is crucial for you to understand your rights or you risk losing out.
The experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. know how to define and enforce the terms of easements, and we can help resolve conflicts through negotiation, mediation, or litigation if necessary. Talk to us today to learn how we could help.