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How should you handle a boundary dispute in Washington?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Neighbor Disputes |

Boundary disputes are a common occurrence, and they can be difficult to handle. If you want to avoid issues and probably a costly or time-consuming lawsuit too, it is important to know how to manage a boundary dispute.

Run a title search and get your land survey

A title search will help you confirm the ownership of the properties involved in the dispute. You should also consider getting your land survey, which is the drawing that shows the boundary lines of the land in question. It will also show you what physical markers are on the property, such as trees or stones. Compare the results you get from the title search and land survey with your neighbors and note what you discover.

Get the opinion of an impartial land surveyor

Getting a new land surveyor is a good idea if you suspect that the previous land surveyors gave conflicting information. For instance, the authorities may have drawn the boundary lines in different places. You don’t want to give your boundary dispute an uphill battle. An impartial land surveyor will be able to help you settle the boundary disputes fairly, which is what everyone wants.

Consider mediation

Mediation is a good option if the two methods above are not yielding you the results that you want. You want to work with mediators who are experienced in boundary disputes to help you arrive at an amicable solution that everyone agrees on.

Go to court

As the last option, you can consider litigation. This is only necessary if mediation fails, which is rare but does happen on occasion. Litigation will require you to hire a lawyer and make your boundary dispute known in court; the judge or jury then renders a decision that settles everything once and for all.

Finding yourself in a boundary dispute can be a difficult issue. However, there are steps that you can take to resolve it in the quickest and most efficient manner possible.

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