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Protecting your interests when involved in a boundary dispute

When you buy Illinois property, it's always smart to know as much as possible about what you are buying. One of these things includes knowing where your property starts and your neighbor's property ends. Property boundaries are important, especially when you find yourself in a disagreement over them.

If you are involved in a boundary dispute with your neighbor, you need to know how to protect your interests and your property rights. This type of disagreement is more than just an awkward inconvenience – it can directly impact your property rights. You will find it beneficial to learn how you can effectively resolve these types of disputes and what you need to do to get a definite answer to your concerns.

How can you resolve this type of dispute?

It's not always easy to resolve a boundary dispute. In some cases, an out-of-court settlement may be possible, but you and your neighbor may not be able to come a mutually satisfactory agreement on this issue. Whether your neighbor's tree fell over onto your property, you want to install a pool or you want to know where to put your fence, there are other ways to get the questions you need over boundary lines. These include:

  • Get a property survey – A survey done by a professional can determine exactly where property lines are. If you did not get one when you purchased the property or it has been awhile, this can be a relatively simple way to resolve a dispute over the property lines.
  • Quiet title lawsuit – If other options are not feasible or have not resolved the issue, a quiet title lawsuit may be appropriate. This is where you would ask a judge to review all documentation, making a final ruling over the location of property lines.

There are also other options, such as adverse possession, that can help you resolve your boundary dispute. The ultimate goal is to protect your property interests and ensure that your neighbor does not encroach on land that is rightfully yours.

Help for your real estate concerns

If you have concerns about real estate law or how you can protect your property interests, you have options. It may be helpful to discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney before you move ahead with anything that can help resolve a boundary line dispute. With an attorney's assistance, you can secure a resolution that is satisfactory and sustainable for the future.

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