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What To Do If You Have A Real Estate Dispute

Real estate disputes are bound to occur in due time.  Live at your New Jersey home long enough and there is a decent chance you will be embroiled in a dispute at some point down the line.  If any such issues arise, do not attempt to handle them on your own in a DIY (do it yourself) manner.  New Jersey residents who have attempted pro-se (self) representation in a court of law are eager to testify to the merits of asking for professional legal assistance.  Our NJ real estate law firm is here to represent you during your real estate dispute to minimize your financial liability, protect your property rights and ensure justice is served.

Contact Your New Jersey Real Estate Attorney for Guidance 

It is a grave mistake to get into a verbal or physical alteration with another NJ real estate owner.  Keep in mind, the words you state and the actions you take after the real estate dispute arises can be used against you in court.  Do not let your emotions shape your response.  Instead, remain calm and reach out to our real estate lawyers in New Jersey for legal representation.  

Sit down with our legal team and explain exactly what caused the dispute.  Plenty of NJ real estate disputes are decided through litigation, meaning you need a hardworking and detail-oriented attorney on your side.  This is a highly specialized area of the law that necessitates guidance from an experienced attorney.  Our legal team is here to handle your real estate dispute regardless of its complexity.  We have helped local property owners throughout the greater New Jersey area handle real estate disputes including:

  • Property line disagreements
  • Zoning 
  • Land use disputes
  • Easements
  • Oil/gas rights
  • Preserved property matters
  • Historical property issues
  • Adverse possession 

New Jersey Property Line Disputes are Especially Common

Though NJ real estate buyers are presented with a survey of the property before making an offer, there is no guarantee the buyer will closely analyze this document.  Furthermore, the document might not be completely accurate.  There is also a chance a neighbor will dispute the property line, arguing it is different from what you believe it is or what is stated on the survey you looked at when making your offer.  

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Even if you are civil with your neighbors, there is still the potential for them to take issue with your version of the property line and take you to court.  Our legal team will analyze your property deed as well as that of your neighbor to determine where the exact boundary line should lie.  Though you might be able to resolve such an issue with your neighbor, some neighbors refuse to consider the facts or even recognize the results of a property survey.  Select our legal team to serve as your property dispute lawyer in New Jersey and we will do everything in our power to ensure the adjacent landowner pays for the survey and respects your property rights.

Legal Action Might be Necessary

There is a chance negotiations with your neighbor will fail, ultimately leading to a lawsuit.  Boundary conflicts in New Jersey that go all the way to court are typically resolved through two types of lawsuits.  NJ homeowners can sue others for continuing trespass or ejectment.  In such an action, a request is made of the judge to determine the neighbor is trespassing on the land.  It is also requested that the neighbor depart the land in question, bringing his or her possessions to a new location.  

Such a lawsuit has the potential to result in significant financial damages.  If your New Jersey real estate attorney can show the home’s value has decreased due to the neighbor’s use of the land, you just might walk away from the conflict with a considerable amount of money.

It is also possible to sue for a declaratory judgment.  Such a judgment is a means of bringing the dispute before a judge so he or she can make a legal determination as to who owns the land in question.  This route is not considered aggressive litigation as it typically does not result in monetary damages.  Rather, a neutral party determines the appropriate resolution based on the applicable laws and deeds.

Schedule an Appointment With Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli 

Your real estate dispute has the potential to drag on for months or even years, setting you back thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.  Instead of dragging out this conflict, be proactive by leaning on our New Jersey real estate attorneys for assistance.  We will do everything in our power to reach a fair resolution to your real estate dispute, safeguard your rights as a property owner and minimize your legal and financial liability.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment where you can discuss this legal matter with our attorneys.  You can reach our NJ law office by dialing (973) 785-9522.

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Robert J. Bavagnoli is a Passaic County attorney specializing in personal injury and real estate law. He founded Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli in 1995 where he practiced for many years alongside his brother, Ronald C. Bavagnoli (now deceased). For over 28 years, he has proudly served Northern New Jersey including Passaic County, Bergen County, and Essex County, among others, recovering millions in damages for his clients.

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