Resolve Your Dispute Without Going To Court

Solving boundary disputes using mediation

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Mediation

You and your neighbor may conflict on the boundaries of your properties. For example, you may disagree over lot lines – where does your property begin and theirs end? 

While you can go to court to solve such an issue, you can also work with a neutral third party. A mediator can benefit your case in different ways, including:

Encouraging open communication

Communication plays a crucial part in boundary disputes. If you and your neighbor fail to communicate or at least do so amicably, you are likely to encounter more misunderstandings that can complicate your case. 

With mediation, you can express your concerns and interests. Accordingly, you can understand each other’s views. With such open communication, you can have a quicker and cheaper process, as you won’t have to go to court, which can take time and result in several fees. Your mediator will work with other experts, including a surveyor, to ensure you have an easier process.

Mediation is confidential. You and your neighbor can freely discuss your concerns without worrying if your words can be used against you.

Helping you develop a creative solution

Mediation allows you and your neighbor to have control over the outcome of the dispute – you can develop a solution that works for both of you. For example, if their tree’s branches are hanging over your property, you can agree on how to handle trimming. 

This may not be the case if you go to court because the judge will make a decision based on the law, not your personal preferences.

If you and your neighbor have boundary disputes, filing a lawsuit is not your only option. You can use mediation to find a solution that benefits both of you in a more manageable manner.