Property line disputes Tacoma, WA

How to resolve property line disputes in Washington State

Has your neighbor crossed the line — literally? Take a deep breath. We know how to resolve a property line dispute.

At Helland Law Group we understand that disputes with neighbors can often be a touchy situation. Breathe a deep cleansing breath. You’ve got this.

Should a boundary or property line dispute arise with a neighbor, you need to act quickly to protect your property. Why? You might end up losing possession of property through what is commonly deemed “adverse possession.”

Acting quickly might not mean what you think it means though.

Most people want to remain on good terms with their neighbors. We can assist you in negotiating your property line dispute in a manner that preserves your relationships with your neighbors. We can help you find evidence of your actual property line and have a friendly but direct conversation with a neighbor.

Should it become unavoidable to litigate the matter, our office can file a lawsuit for you and do everything in our power to best protect your property and legal interests.

Property line disputes involving property damage

If your neighbor has encroached onto your property and caused damage ― for example, destroying timber ― you may have legal rights to recover financial damages that you have sustained as a result of the neighbor’s actions.

It is important that you speak to a property dispute lawyer as soon as possible, as some damages are legally prohibited if your claim is not brought in a timely manner.

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      What exactly is adverse possession?▾

      As a dog, I get it. Territory is important. When someone is encroaching, you get nervous. And these legal terms can make you even more nervous if you don’t understand them. So what is adverse possession? Adverse possession is a state of ownership that comes about through a nontraditional way (i.e. not through purchase). It involves taking possession of someone else’s titled land, usually a small portion ― often by accident. Consider the example of building a fence. You might or might not have known that by building your fence where you did, you essentially expanded your yard into your neighbor’s property. However, if this breach of property line meets Washington’s requirements for adverse possession, the new sliver of property that your fence has annexed can essentially become yours over time. To learn if you or your neighbor qualifies for adverse possession, we invite you to contact us for a free 30-minute consultation today.