Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise

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Nolo, Mar 31, 2014 - Business & Economics - 392 pages
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An easy-to-read guide on laws concerning common neighbor disputes

Is the noise from next door keeping you up at night? Is the view from your backyard being obstructed? Is a neighboring business driving you crazy? Your home is important to you and your neighbors arenít going anywhere -- Neighbor Law can help you deal with difficult situations and keep your home life peaceful.

Learn your rights and responsibilities with this† clear-cut, comprehensive guide to the laws concerning common neighbor disputes. Learn your state's rules on:

- fences
- trees and other greenery that crosses the property line
- boundaries
- blocked views
- noise
- water runoff and flooding
- interference from nearby businesses
- dangers to children (""attractive nuisances"")
- ...and more!

In plain English, Neighbor Law explains how to find applicable laws and resolve disputes without going to court, whenever possible. And, if you must go to small claims court, you'll find all the information and stragegies you need.

This edition is completely revised and provides new sample letters for engaging a neighbor over a dispute, and includes expanded information on mediation and dispute resolution. Plus, read new material on how to build community and prevent disputes.
  

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Contents

Neighbors and Legal Questions
1
Tackling a Neighbor Problem
5
Noise
25
When a Tree Is Injured or Destroyed
43
Encroachment Invading Branches and Roots
65
Unsound Limbs and Trees
79
Boundary Trees
95
Fruit and Nuts Who Owns What?
113
Water
241
When Your Neighbor Is a Business
263
Other Common Neighbor Issues
287
Legal Research
299
Mediation
317
Small Claims Court
325
State Statutes on Injury to Trees
333
State Statutes on Private Nuisance
337

Obstruction of View
121
Boundary Lines
143
Using Anothers Land Trespass and Easements
157
Fences
177
Spite Fences
203
Dangers to Children Attractive Nuisances
221
Rural Neighbors and the Right to Farm
231
Boundary Fence Statutes
341
Adverse Possession Statutes
345
RighttoFarm Statutes
349
Index
353
Online Legal Forms
375
Book Registration and Updates
376
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Lina Guillen earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is an experienced trial attorney, with over 12 years of practice in a wide range of legal matters, including civil litigation and family law. As a Nolo editor, Lina has edited a variety of Nolo books, written numerous legal articles and is the author of Noloís Divorce, Custody & Family Law blog.†

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