Posted by Maria Collins on May 27, 2016 on Neighbors Stop Acting Neighborly? 4 Steps To Take When You’re Involved In A Dispute
Neighbor disputes can destroy the sanctity of your home, especially if the dispute escalates to hurt feelings and hostility. If you’re involved in a dispute with your neighbor, you want to try and settle it before things really get out of hand. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to settle differences. If the dispute with your neighbor has gotten out of hand, here are some steps you should take to settle the matter.
Document the Dispute
If your attempts to resolve things amicably have failed, it may be time to proceed to the next step: it might be time to consider civil litigation. In order to do that, you’re going to need to document your dispute as much as possible. Documentation should include photographs, witness statements and receipts that might pertain to the dispute. Once you have your documentation in order, you should seek legal advice.
Talk to an Attorney
Neighborhood disputes can be difficult to overcome, especially if the other neighbor refuses to budge. If haven’t been able to handle the situation on your own, you’re going to need legal assistance. That’s where a civil litigation attorney comes in. Your attorney will help you file a civil suit against your neighbor in an attempt to end the dispute. Your attorney is going to need all the evidence you can gather.
File a Report
Neighborhood disputes can escalate quickly. When that happens, you may find yourself in physical danger from your neighbor. If the dispute with your neighbor has escalated to threats of violence, you’ll need to file a police report. In addition to the civil suit, your neighbor may be looking at criminal charges if the dispute turns violent. Be sure to provide your attorney with a copy of the report.
When you’re in a dispute with your neighbor, the worst thing you can do is escalate the situation with your own bad behavior. While you might have ill-feelings towards them, you’ll help your own case by remaining neighborly. Exhibiting bad behavior against your neighbor could provide them with the ammunition they need to damage your case if it proceeds to trial.
If you’re in a dispute with your neighbor, don’t give up. The information provided here will help you deal with the situation in a productive manner. If you continue to have problems with your neighbor or if the situation escalates, be sure to speak to your attorney about the situation.