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Dealing with Trespassing Neighbors: When Legal Help Becomes Necessary

Frank Hammond Sept. 21, 2023

As a lawyer who has handled many property disputes, I understand the importance of property rights and boundaries. Property disputes can be a headache, especially when your neighbor trespasses on your land. In this article, I’ll explore what you should do if you find yourself in this situation of a trespass, and why seeking legal help might be your best course of action.

Understand the Nature of the Trespass

Before taking any legal action, it’s crucial to determine the extent and nature of the trespass. Is it a one-time incident, or has it been happening repeatedly? Document any evidence, such as photographs, videos, or eyewitness accounts, to strengthen your case. I will need this evidence to represent you.

Communication is Key

Sometimes, the issue might be resolved amicably through communication. Approach your neighbor politely and express your concerns. They might not be aware that they are trespassing, or there could be a misunderstanding about property boundaries. Open dialogue can often lead to a peaceful resolution.

Consider Mediation

If direct communication doesn’t resolve the issue, you might want to consider mediation. A neutral third party can help facilitate a discussion between you and your neighbor, potentially leading to an agreement that both parties find acceptable. I can negotiate a mediation and represent you in the process.

Seek Legal Advice

Property disputes can escalate quickly. If the trespassing issue persists or worsens, it’s wise to consult an attorney like me with experience in property law. I can provide you with legal guidance tailored to your specific situation and advise you on the best course of action.

File a Lawsuit

If all else fails, filing a lawsuit may become necessary. I can help you prepare and file the appropriate legal documents. I will also represent your interests in court, ensuring that your rights as a property owner are protected.

Document Everything

Throughout the process, maintain a detailed record of all interactions, communications, and incidents related to the trespass. This documentation will be crucial if the case goes to court, and it will help me build a strong case on your behalf.

Dealing with a trespassing neighbor can be a stressful experience, especially when it involves property rights. My perspective as a lawyer who handles such disputes puts you in an advantageous position to understand the importance of protecting your property. While seeking legal help might seem like a last resort, it can be the most effective way to ensure that your rights are upheld, and a resolution is reached.

Remember, property disputes can be complex, and the laws governing them can vary. By consulting with an experienced attorney, you can navigate the legal process with confidence and work toward a satisfactory resolution to your trespassing issue. With over 35 years of legal experience in Oregon, we can help you understand and navigate complex trespassing and neighbor disupute issues. Make sure to schedule a consultation with us at or through email to make sure an expert can help you out today. Make sure to follow us on Linkedin and message us if you have any questions.