Dunwoody Boundary Dispute Lawyers and Dunwoody Title Attorneys

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Title & Boundary Dispute Law in Georgia

Finding out that property lines are improperly drawn and learning that you have been partially occupying your neighbor's land, or vice versa, can cause some very serious legal issues.

It's usually possible, though not always easy, for neighbors to come to a resolution of these disputes on their own. If the neighbors happen to like one another, and the difference between the actual property lines and what they believed the property lines to be is very small (a foot or two, for example), they might simply decide to go on as they had before. This is certainly a desirable solution in the short term, since it saves everyone a great deal of time and energy. Nonetheless, in the long term, this can cause problems, particularly if one neighbor decides they want to enforce the legal property lines down the road.

Nonetheless, it's more common for the neighbor whose land is being encroached upon by the other neighbor to seek enforcement of the legal property lines. The other neighbor will almost certainly want to use the property as he had been, since enforcing the legal property lines would cause him to lose some of "his" land.

In Dunwoody, Georgia, property can also be the subject of title disputes, rather than boundary disputes described above. These types of disagreements stem from disagreements over who owns a piece of property. Confusion in this area is more common than one might think. If a deed is improperly recorded, land can be "owned" by 2 people simultaneously. Even more troublesome is when land is "sold" to more than one person. This is usually inadvertent, but some people do it deliberately, hoping to abscond the profits acquired by selling the same thing twice. In cases like this, a court has to determine which buyer owns the land. This is a big deal, considering how unlikely it is that a defrauded buyer could get his or her money back.

Possible Outcomes of Boundary and Title Disputes in Dunwoody, Georgia

There are many ways to resolve boundary disputes. One way is to change the legal property lines to reflect the use that the neighbors had been making of the land before the discrepancy was discovered. This is generally regarded a sort of "neutral" result - nobody's situation changes. If both neighbors knew about the real boundaries for a very long time, and did nothing about it, a court may view this as them having acquiesced to the status quo, and decide that it would be unfair to force the neighbors to change their use of the land after such a long period of time. This might also be done if enforcing the property lines would place an extremely large burden on one neighbor, and re-drawing them to reflect their actual use would put a comparatively small burden on the other neighbor

Nonetheless, a court might also enforce the legal property boundaries, particularly if failing to do so would place a significant burden on the owner of the encroached-upon land. If the owner of the encroaching land knew of the encroachment, and concealed it from his neighbor, this fact would further weigh heavily in favor of enforcing the legal property lines.

In the case of disputes over title, courts have to figure out who owns a specific piece of real property. Courts will consider many factors, and there are some difficult and (in some cases) antiquated legal issues that guide Dunwoody, Georgia courts on these matters.

Without delving into the specifics too much, courts usually resolve title disputes by looking at who recorded the deed first, and whether or not that person had notice of any prior sales of the same land. To prevail in a dispute like this, a buyer will generally need to prove that they were the first to record their deed, and that they had no notice (or reason to know) of any prior conveyances of the same land.

What Can A Dunwoody, Georgia Attorney Do?

As you might have gathered, it's not uncommon for the legal issues controlling boundary and title disputes to get very complicated. Furthermore, any dispute that can affect one's use or ownership of land has very high stakes (land isn't usually cheap, after all). Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that hiring a competent Dunwoody, Georgia real estate lawyer to help in situations like this is always a good idea.

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Life in Dunwoody

Dunwoody, Georgia is a city located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. It has a population of about 39,000 people.

Dunwoody, Georgia is a highly affluent community, and is ranked as the third-wealthiest city in Georgia. The city was named for Major Charles Dunwody (the extra "o" in the city's name owing to a misspelling on a bank note).

Dunwoody, Georgia has many historic buildings, including a church that has survived mostly unchanged since 1829, which is still in use today. Furthermore, Dunwoody's first public school, which opened in 1911, was in continuous use until the 1980s.

Dunwoody is generally considered a more upscale community, with a per capita income of over ,000, and a median household income of over ,000. This is likely due to the fact that Dunwoody, Georgia is largely populated by upper-middle-class professionals, who work in nearby Atlanta.

Given the sophisticated clientele of Dunwoody, Georgia, it should come as no surprise that there are some pretty skilled lawyers in the Dunwoody, Georgia area. If you have a legal problem, it's pretty much certain that a Dunwoody, Georgia lawyer can handle it.

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