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Boundary disputes could be a threat to your property rights

As a Massachusetts property owner, you take threats to your ownership rights very seriously. When there is an issue that affects how you use your property, your plans for your property or your enjoyment of what you own, you have the right to seek an effective and timely resolution to these concerns. This is especially true in situations involving a boundary line dispute.

Boundary line disputes typically occur when you and your neighbor cannot seem to agree on where the line is that separates the two properties. These disputes can quickly escalate, and it can become much more than just an inconvenience for you. It may be beneficial for you to learn more about possible options for resolving these types of issues.

The right solution for your needs

When considering ways to resolve a boundary line dispute, it is smart to start with the easiest and simplest solution. In some cases, it is possible to simply talk with the other property owner to find out if both parties can reach a beneficial resolution without the need for further legal action. If this is not an option for you, one of the following two solutions may work for your situation: 

  • Quiet title lawsuit – With this type of lawsuit, a judge will carefully review all of the documentation provided and make a ruling on where the boundary line is.
  • Property survey – Before moving forward with a lawsuit, simply having a survey of the property done can help both parties understand where the boundary lines are.

If one party has been using a specific piece of property or portion of land owned by someone else for years, the principle of adverse possession may apply. Property disputes and related issues are complicated, and it may be in your interests to seek guidance as you attempt to seek the most practical, beneficial resolution to your concerns.

Protect your property rights

You do not have to seek a final resolution to your property issues on your own. You invested a significant amount of money for your land and property, and it is worthwhile to seek experienced guidance as you work to protect your property rights in a boundary dispute. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand what legal options may be available to you and how you can move forward with the most appropriate course of action for your situation.

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