Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise

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Resolve neighbor conflicts and get peace of mind

Don’t let a neighborly nuisance turn into a nasty lawsuit. Learn your rights and responsibilities with Neighbor Law, the plain-English guide to the laws behind common neighbor disputes.

Neighbor Law is more than a legal ...

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Overview

Resolve neighbor conflicts and get peace of mind

Don’t let a neighborly nuisance turn into a nasty lawsuit. Learn your rights and responsibilities with Neighbor Law, the plain-English guide to the laws behind common neighbor disputes.

Neighbor Law is more than a legal guide—it’s a practical book filled with tips on how to solve problems and restore good neighbor relations. Find out how to handle:

• runoff and flooding
• trees that hang over a property line
• problems with neighboring businesses
• noisy neighbors
• unclear boundary lines
• blocked views
• high, unsightly or deteriorating fences
• secondhand smoke
• dangers to children (“attractive nuisances”)
• animal issues
• and more

The 8th edition includes updated laws and information on mediation and going to court, as well as guidance on how to handle problems such as drug dealing and blighted property.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A Nolo book that gives practical, no-nonsense approaches to handling neighbor disputes.”  Los Angeles Times

“This classic book, which keeps getting better with each new edition, answers virtually all questions....” Orlando Sentinel

“An extremely well-researched, well-written and well-organized book....” The Detroit News

Orlando Sentinel
"This classic book, which keeps getting better with each new edition, answers virtually all questions regarding fences, trees, boundaries and noise..."
Los Angeles Times
"A Nolo book that gives practical, no-nonsense approaches to handling neighbor disputes."
Arizona Republic
"Jordan peppers the book with real stories of problems neighbors have with each other. The stories are interesting and, in some cases, hilarious."
Robert Bruss
Even if you don’t have a serious neighbor problem yet, this well-written and complete book is a fun and educational read. It is extremely thorough and well-documented. 4 stars: excellent.
Sunset Magazine
So your neighbor’s giant sequoia is blocking your view. Who ya gonna call? The search for a ‘dispute buster’ should end with this helpful new book.
Oakland Tribune
For anyone with a neighbor problem, [Neighbor Law] is a handy book indeed. It walks the reader through written and common law, tells you what your rights are and how to follow through on a complaint all the way to court, if necessary.
Oakland Tribune
For anyone with a neighbor problem, [Neighbor Law] is a handy book indeed. It walks the reader through written and common law, tells you what your rights are and how to follow through on a complaint all the way to court, if necessary.
Sunset Magazine
So your neighbor’s giant sequoia is blocking your view. Who ya gonna call? The search for a ‘dispute buster’ should end with this helpful new book.
Library Journal
Most of us have experienced the problems attorney Jordan discusses in this practical, easy-to-understand legal guide. Such difficulties include noisy neighbors, damaged or destroyed trees, overhanging branches, obstruction of view, boundary lines, trespassing, and fences. She outlines a strategy for dealing with almost any kind of neighbor problem, starting with friendly negotiation and, if truly necessary, going all the way to court. Jordan offers advice on legal research, explaining how to find state and local law and statute citations. Recommended for public libraries.-- Fern Sikkema, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Washington, D.C.
Booknews
Attorney Jordan addresses the problems of noise, the many and various conflicts over trees, boundary lines, trespass and easements, fences, dangers to children, right-to-farm laws, water strife, neighbors running businesses, and solving all these problems through a little law research, contacting the offending neighbor in person or by mail, using a mediator, and going as far as small claims court. Appendices are devoted to state statutes on trees and "private nuisance," and other statutes on boundary fences, "adverse possession," and the right-to-farm. One cameo case involved a California lawyer suing his lawyer/neighbor for two million dollars<-- >the latter disturbed him by repeatedly dribbling a ball in his driveway. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert Bruss
"An outstanding job.. the most complete and well-documented book I've seen on the subject." Syndicated Columnist
Sunset Magazine
"Wo your neighbor's giant sequoia is blocking your view. Who ya gonna call? The search for a 'dispute buster' should end with this helpful new book."
Wall Street Journal
"Nolo's home page is worth bookmarking."
San Francisco Examiner
"The most complete and well-documented book...on the subject."
The Detroit News
"Neighbor Law is an extremely well-reserched, well-written and well-organized book that provides step-by-step strategies for resolving disputes with neighbors without litigation. If court cannot be avoided, however, attorney-author Cora Jordan shows you how to prepare and present a convincing case."
Arizona Republic
Jordan peppers the book with real stories of problems neighbors have with each other. The stories are interesting and, in some cases, hilarious.
Chicago Tribune
If you have problems with the neighbors, this is your bible.
Hartford Courant
Helps residents research local law and gives advice about how to approach offending neighbors.
Los Angeles Times
A Nolo book that gives practical, no-nonsense approaches to handling neighbor disputes.
Newsday
This book covers every possible problem one could encounter with a neighbor and how it can be resolved reasonably and effectively.
Oakland Tribune
Walks the reader through written and common law, tells you what your rights are and how to follow through on a complaint all the way to court, if necessary.
Orlando Sentinel
This classic book, which keeps getting better with each new edition, answers virtually all questions regarding fences, trees, boundaries and noise...
Reuters
Explains how to use mediation services, research local laws, and present a convincing case in small claims court.
Sacramento Bee
Surprisingly, this is a fun read. The author includes interesting sidebars and court decisions to clarify her explanations.
San Francisco Chronicle
If you want to educate yourself about your rights and duties, check out... Neighbor Law.
St. Petersburg Times
An excellent book...
Sunset Magazine
So your neighbor's giant sequoia is blocking your view. Who ya gonna call? The search for a dispute buster' should end with this helpful new book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413319651
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 182,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Lina Guillen earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is an experienced trial attorney, with over 12 years of practice in a wide range of legal matters, including civil litigation and family law. As a Nolo editor, Lina has edited a variety of Nolo books, written numerous legal articles and is the author of Nolo’s Divorce, Custody & Family Law blog. 

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Neighbors and Legal Questions
1. Tackling a Neighbor Problem
2. Noise
3. When a Tree Is Injured or Destroyed
4. Encroachment: Invading Branches and Roots
5. Unsound Limbs and Trees
6. Boundary Trees
7. Fruit and Nuts: Who Owns What?
8. Obstruction of View
9. Boundary Lines
10. Using Another's Land: Trespass and Easements
11. Fences
12. Spite Fences
13. Dangers to Children: Attractive Nuisances
14. Rural Neighbors and the Right to Farm
15. Water
16. When Your Neighbor Is a Business
17. Other Common Neighbor Issues
18. Legal Research
19. Mediation
20. Small Claims Court
Appendixes
A. State Statutes on Injury to Trees
B. State Statutes on Private Nuisance
C. Boundary Fence Statutes
D. Adverse Possession Statutes
E. Right-to-Farm Statutes
Index
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