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Good Neighbor Law: The Rules for Living Together Peacefully

Good Neighbor Law: What Is It?

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Good Neighbor: Law & The Personal Relationship

“Good neighbor law” is not an actual term describing a common practice area of any (or, at least, many) law firms. It is a term used by The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC to describe a service that we provide: helping good neighbors to remain good neighbors.

We all want good relationships with our neighbors, even if we in the United States, the inventors of the “bedroom community,” are more accustomed to coming home from work at the end of a long day, parking our cars in our garages, and heading indoors, perhaps only have thrown a friendly nod or wave at the person living next door to us.

In the 21st Century, it is not a communal society that we have built for ourselves. But we still desire steadiness and predictability in our relationships with our neighbors; we still want peace and quiet. Generally, we don’t have a problem with our neighbors wanting and expecting the same thing.

That’s a pretty low bar for a peaceable society, so what can get in the way of that?

Neighborly Disputes and Real Estate

Conflict, as in all aspects of human society, is always the thing that interferes with peace. What sort of conflicts can erupt between neighbors? Case-law arising from neighborly disputes can be found at every level of Michigan, US, and even the English law upon which our own legal system is based. Bad neighbors in bad arguments have created, by way of asking judges to resolve their differences, quite a lot of the law that guides our expectations for good behavior and our rules defining and regarding real estate ownership.

“Good neighbor law” is our law. And some of the sorts of disputes between neighbors that have helped to create our legal system still occur.

These include:

  • Fencing, border, and boundary disputes
  • Rights to water access
  • Noise, smell, and pollution issues
  • Trespass and easement issues
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Quiet title and ownership issues

Any of these issues and many  more can cause a peaceful, neighborly relationship to turn sour. Any of these disputes may require legal assistance to resolve.

Good Neighbor Law: The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC, Michigan Real Estate Attorneys

At The Hilla Law Firm, PLLC, we aim to help unravel these disputes, through negotiation, settlement, and, if necessary, litigation. We specialize in assisting individual homeowners and land-0wners rather than commercial land owners. Just as we prefer to represent individual consumers in our bankruptcy practice and never represent creditors, we also prefer to help real people out with the sorts of real problems that they may need assistance resolving.

With neighbors, it is important to keep things civil. After all, once the dispute is resolved, you all still have to live together. While we aggressively represent our clients at all times, we will do so with a fine hand and a delicate touch. Coming up with practical solutions is the point when you want to preserve a relationship.

To read more, visit our Good Neighbor Law practice area page and our “Why Choose Us?” page to learn more.

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