When two parties disagree on where one property ends and another begins, it is known as a boundary dispute. These disagreements tend to involve the issue of who has the legal rights and responsibilities that come with owning the land in question. Boundary disputes are nothing new; in fact, they go as far back as ancient times. The ways we manage and resolve them, however, have changed significantly, and attorneys who focus on boundary or fence line disputes have extensive experience handling the legal aspects of these cases.
Types of Boundary Disputes
The exact legal approach a lawyer takes in a boundary dispute depends on the specifics of the disagreement. These specifics will determine which type of legal action is necessary to most effectively settle the matter; some of the more common types of legal action are:
- Adverse Possession: The land has been utilized by a party other than the rightful owner and must be reclaimed.
- Easement: The establishing of rights to permanently use another's land without the benefit of ownership.
- License: The establishing of revocable rights to utilize another's land.
- Zoning: This occurs when you obtain permission to publicly limit another's land or dictate how it is to be used.
Each of the above types of action has their own components and conditions that need to be legally proven for a boundary dispute case to move forward. Not surprisingly, the various laws that pertain to these cases can be overwhelming to those not trained and experienced in this type of legal practice, making a lawyer's help a crucial asset in bringing the dispute to a satisfactory—and legally binding—resolution.
The law firm of Scott & Heenan, LLC has been serving Platteville, Wisconsin, for more than five decades. They represent all manners of boundary dispute matters, as well as personal injury and criminal law cases. Call (608) 348-9506, or visit their website to arrange a consultation. You can also follow them on Facebook and Google+ to stay informed on legal-related news, tips, and advice.