Land ownership disputes usually happen for one of three reasons:
A judge, when a claim reaches trial, will define a boundary with the help of expert evidence and it can be marked on the ground and shown on a large scale filed plan. But the costs of going to trial are far out of proportion to the value of the disputed strip of land, which may be only a few inches wide.
Mediation is always the better choice because the agreement reached can do everything a judge can do, but also do things a judge can’t, such as agreeing a new boundary that is not straight but suits both neighbours – a small-scale land swap. Mediation is quicker, far less stressful and allows neighbours to put the dispute behind them faster. Once agreement is reached and carried out it means that there is no longer a dispute to put potential buyers off if one neighbour wants to sell. And it is far cheaper.
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By Paul Ashwell | Property
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