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Title & Boundary Dispute Law in Massachusetts

If you know that you and your neighbor's use of your respective properties do not reflect the legal property lines, this can cause a problem.

Sometimes, neighbors will decide amongst themselves that the issue isn't worth fighting over, and will go on as they did before. This is especially likely if the neighbors are on good terms, and the difference between their use of the land, and the actual property lines, is small (say, a few feet or less). This is an ideal situation, at least in the short term. It can, nonetheless, cause problems in the future - preventing a neighbor from enforcing the actual property lines, if they suddenly have a reason to do so.

Thus, neighbors more commonly end up in some type of legal dispute over whether and to what extent the property lines should be enforced. Obviously, when the property lines are changed, one neighbor wins, and the other loses. It should come as no surprise, then, that legal fights are often the result.

Title disputes in Brookline, Massachusetts, on the other hand, involve questions of ownership over an entire parcel of land. This confusion can occasionally arise from improperly recorded deeds, resulting in inadvertent (and, occasionally, deliberate) sales of the same parcel of land to multiple people. Obviously, each buyer wants to be the one who takes title, particularly if it seems unlikely that they'll be able to get their money back. This can lead to some very heated disputes.

Possible Outcomes of Boundary and Title Disputes in Brookline, Massachusetts

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 typically 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

On the other hand, a court could determine to take the opposite approach, and order the neighbors to abide by the legal property lines. When deciding which course of action to take, courts consider many factors, but majority of them boil down to common-sense principles of fairness. For instance, if the owner of the land who was encroaching onto his neighbor's land knew of the encroachment, and hid this fact from the other neighbor (hoping to continue to use more land than he paid for), that will weigh heavily in favor of enforcing the legal property lines. On the other hand, if neither neighbor knew about the error, and it turns out that the actual property line goes through somebody's living room, a court likely won't enforce them.

With title disputes (as opposed to the boundary disputes discussed above), a Brookline, Massachusetts court has to determine who owns an entire parcel of land. There are some pretty perplexing legal issues involved here.

Without delving into the specifics too much, courts normally 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 win in a dispute like this, a buyer will typically 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 Brookline, Massachusetts Attorney Do?

Because of the high stakes, going it alone in a boundary or title dispute is rarely judicious. Therefore, it's almost always a good idea to get a good Brookline, Massachusetts real estate attorney to help you with such legal problems.

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Life in Brookline

Brown Deer is a village in Milwaukee County and was formerly a part of the town of Granville. Brown Deer officially incorporated on January 20, 1955 and is home to 13,000 Wisconsin residents. The village covers a total of 4.4 square miles and plays host to a large population of Caucasians and African-Americans over half of whom are married. The village is one of only two municipalities in Wisconsin that retains an African American population greater than 10%. and also plays host to a number of lawyers. Brown deer lawyers are familiar with local courts and procedures and use their experience when advising clients on the best course of action for their case.  

Brown Deer is popular among families because of it's great schools which include Deen Elementary School, Brown Deer Middle School, and Brown Deer High School. Formerly, Algonquin Elementary School was open on North 47th Street but closed because it could not compete with the newer Deen Elementary School. Brown Deer residents enjoy access to many nearby parks and shopping centers that also attract visitors from neighboring counties. Brown Deer also has an outstanding kids sports program for residents that offers baseball, soccer, and basketball among other sports.

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