Now that the summer months are right around the corner, the time for fence-building and other exterior projects, let’s talk about boundary disputes. Contention over property lines results when landowners disagree on who owns a piece of land.
Sometimes, a new fence or disagreement on what to do about an old tree causes the conflict. Whatever the case, it’s essential to find the right solution if you or your neighbor disputes property boundaries.
Many landowners struggle with neighbors over boundary disputes. If you are facing this conflict, consider the following questions:
- What legal documents do you have that validate your claim?
- Does your neighbor have this type of documentation for their claim?
- What resolution are you looking for? Will you compromise?
- Are you prepared to go to court over this dispute?
Before getting into a boundary dispute with your neighbor, ask yourself if it’s worth your time and money.
You can find out if your claim is valid by getting a land survey and conducting a title search. Licensed surveyors perform surveys by using the property deed to determine where boundaries are located. If you and your neighbor have conflicting surveys, a third surveyor may need to step in to provide an impartial opinion.
A title search will alert you to any past easements or deeds that may have affected your property lines. For example, a previous owner may have deeded the land in question to your neighbor when he or she still owned the property.
Once you better understand your claim and decide to move forward, consider seeking an attorney. A lawyer experienced in boundary disputes can help you understand the relevant laws, provide guidance and advice, and represent you should the conflict go to court.
An attorney will help you draft demand letters if needed and provide mediation to help you and your neighbor reach a mutually beneficial compromise. Some landowners want to go to court immediately, but both parties will likely save time and money by opting for mediation.
When you trust an attorney from The Law Office of Ralph W. Powers Jr., P.C. with your claim, we will help you understand factors that may complicate the dispute, such as prescriptive easements and adverse possession. For example, in the case of adverse possession, a person may legally claim a piece of land he or she has used for a certain number of years.
If you face a property line dispute with one of your neighbors, allow our legal team to help. We provide mediation services to help people resolve boundary disputes and other legal conflicts.
Contact us to set up an initial consultation, and let us help you reach a compromise on which you and your neighbor can agree or represent you through the court process.