Suing Your Neighbor
Howard Gould (Neighbor Law Expert, Finestone & Richter) gives expert video advice on: When should I sue my neighbor?; How do I prepare my case to take my neighbor to court? and more...
When should I sue my neighbor?
If you have exhausted all other possible avenues to resolve a dispute with a neighbor, then you're going to have to consider whether you want to go to court with them, and file a lawsuit. Hopefully you have some advisors, some friends and family that you've been able to talk to about it, to help think it through, and to make sure that there are no other avenues that you can pursue to settle it without going to court. Certainly a lawyer can be helpful in making certain that you have looked at all the alternatives to filing a lawsuit. You certainly can try a mediation on your own, with or without a lawyer; you may have some mutual friend who can help you try to resolve it, if they are willing to get involved, and you want to look at all the possible ways of resolving it that you can.You also want to make certain that you have documented all the problems, all of the losses or damages that you have suffered, all of the attempts that you have made to resolve things, because those issues may come up in court at some point along the way, as to what efforts you made to resolve it, and certainly you obviously need to have all the facts together. The more you organise things, the better off you will be, whether you go to court yourself, or whether you're taking it to a lawyer to let them know what the story is. You will use less of their time, it will cost you less money, if it's all better organised before you go there.