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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Nov 11, 2016

Boundary disputes can occur when neighbors disagree over the rights and duties to land adjacent or nearby their own property. There are many ways these disagreements can be resolved. Some resolutions can come peacefully, while others result in taking legal action. Knowing when to get a lawyer involved can be difficult, but there are a few steps you should take before you should take your neighbor to court.

Resolving a Boundary Dispute

When seeking a resolution to a boundary dispute, it is important to have an understanding of what caused the disagreement. It may be worth your time to get a professional analysis that tells you if you are encroaching on your neighbor’s property or if it’s the other way around. There are also many other actions you should take in effort to resolve a boundary dispute.

Talk to Your Neighbors

Keeping things civil with the people you live near is always a good idea. Talking to your neighbor before filing a suit can save you time and money, and your relationship with your neighbor. Maybe there is just a misunderstanding that can be resolved between the two of you. Speaking to your neighbor will help you decide whether a lawyer should be involved.

Send a Letter of Demand to Your Neighbor 

If your dispute cannot be resolved by simply speaking to your neighbor, it’s time to get a lawyer involved. Send your neighbor a letter from your attorney explaining the situation and requesting action. This letter will let your neighbor know you are serious about taking legal action.

Proceed to Court or to Settlement

If your discussion and letter do not offer you the result you are hoping for, it may be time to file a complaint with the circuit court. The court may even require you to attend mediation in attempt to come to a settlement.