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How to Properly Respect Your Neighbor’s Property

Everyone has had a neighbor in their lives, and everyone has had different relationships with these neighbors. We all come from different social, racial, and economic backgrounds, so having neighbors can introduce some interesting dynamics when it comes to relationships and disputes. You should know about all the different kinds of neighbor disputes you could run into if you’re about to move to a different neighborhood, or someone new has moved in next door.

What Kind of Different Neighborly Disagreements Can Happen? 

A very common dispute that can happen between neighbors is a boundary dispute. Sometimes, neighbors can argue about property boundaries, which can easily escalate to more serious legal issues. Fortunately, there are various things you can do to resolve these issues; you can take a property survey when you purchase your house in order to officially establish property lines, you can file a quiet title lawsuit so a judge can determine the property lines, or both parties can agree to establish boundary lines with a physical object, such as a fence.

Another common argument you might have with a neighbor is involving noise. First, establish what laws and ordinances prohibit excessive noise in your community. Next, have a calm and polite conversation with your neighbor, and address the problem. In more cases than others, your neighbor probably didn’t even know he or she was being that loud or causing a disturbance. You might have to issue a firm warning if they continue, and if it still escalates you should call the cops or file a lawsuit.

Lastly, a neighbor dispute that can also occur is a disagreement with pets. This should be established when the party moves in; you should find out what animals your community permits and prohibits, you should make sure you have a safety fence or other physical boundary that protects your dogs or other pets, and you should know the laws regarding pet hoarding.

In general, you should always respect your neighbors and strive to have a civil and/or friendly relationship with them. If you want more advice on a dispute you’re having with your neighbor, or you want more general real estate advice, contact our San Luis Obispo lawyers today.

What’s the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Living Will?

During your estate planning process, you might come across a few new terms that you had previously never heard of. Two options that your attorney might present to you during the estate planning process are living wills and living trusts. There are key differences between these two choices, and it’s important that you know these differences in order to make the right decision for your estate plans.

How Are Living Trusts and Wills Different?

Living trusts and wills both allow you to name the beneficiaries for your property and belongings, but other than this similarity, they are used for very different reasons. A living trust is the number one way to avoid probate after your death, which is a big advantage because your beneficiary can transfer property quicker to the inheritors, all without involving the probate court. For many people, living trusts are a good option if you want to save your family time and money; however, not everyone needs a living trust, and that will depend on how wealthy you are, if you’re married, your age, etc. A living will might be a good option for you if you’d like a simpler method, and if you want some additional advantages. For example, a living trust might help you avoid probate, but it won’t allow you to name an executor or the guardians for your children like a will permits. Living wills generally give you more freedom and will help you be more detailed in your plan; even though it has to go through the probate court, you’ll know that everything you want to happen will be properly addressed.

How Do I Know Which to Choose?

First, weigh the pros and cons of each option, and depending on your personal and financial circumstances, make the right decision for you and your family. Our San Luis Obispo lawyers can help you through this entire process, and we will advise you on the right decision for your specific estate planning. Contact us today for a free consultation with our estate planning attorney.

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