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Analyzing a boundary line dispute.
Post On Apr. 17, 2014

Steps to be taken before you see a lawyer about a boundary line dispute. Step one - investigate the features on the ground. When you learn a neighbor disputes the location of a common boundary with your property start your investigation by searching for survey markers, metal rods in ground, and any ...

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I started building a house, neighbor is claiming we're building on their property, claiming adverse possession.
Asked in Seattle,  WA Oct. 12, 2013 ,  3 Answers

We built according to the property stakes placed by surveyors. I've been paying taxes on the "disputed land".They said they had a fence before we had purchased the property 9 years ago. Currently there isn't a fence or any sign of an old fence since I've owned it. Can they claim adverse possession? ...

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Frequently Asket Real Estate Questions
Post On Oct. 01, 2013

How can I protect myself in a real property purchase? If you are a real property owner, you should protect yourself by purchasing a good liability insurance and title insurance policy insurance. In addition, prior to taking interest or possession of property you should be aware of: (1) any zoning vi...

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Mind Your Property Rights
Post On Jul. 19, 2012

Owners of Arizona real estate are often surprised to learn that an individual may be able to acquire title to land by utilizing that land openly, adversely and continuously for a statutory period. In fact, your favorite neighbor can, by occupying your land for a period of time, gain legal ownership ...

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Regarding boundary tree ownership, how is the trunk of a tree defined legally?
Asked in Mercer Island,  WA Mar. 18, 2012 ,  3 Answers

This question pertains to Washington State. We have an old boundary tree that was obviously planted on our property but whose trunk has grown close to the property line. We had the tree surveyed to establish how far from the property line the tree is and the surveyor placed a pin about 12" above the...

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Adverse possession/prescriptive easement?
Asked in Issaquah,  WA Jan. 23, 2011 ,  4 Answers

We are looking at purchasing a parcel that is bisected by a private road. The smaller part that is bisected road, say part B, has an encroachment where a 1/2 of an old/unoccupied home, part of the corresponding lawn and a driveway are located. The remainder of the home and lawn are on the owner's 5 ...

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Creating an Easement Chapter 6 Easement by Prescription pt 3
Post On May 13, 2010

Relocation – "[T]here is no per se prohibition against a landowner relocating a prescriptive easement unless such action completely denies the easement holder the intended use of the original easement. [cite omitted]. Rather, courts employ the test of whether the relocation will unreasonably interfe...

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