Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise

Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise

by Emily Doskow Attorney, Lina Guillen Attorney

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Resolve neighbor conflicts and get peace of mind

Don’t let a neighborly nuisance turn into a nasty lawsuit. Learn your rights and responsibilities with Neighbor Law , the plain-English guide to the laws behind common neighbor disputes.

Neighbor Law is more than a legal guide—it’s a practical book filled with tips on how to solve problems and restore good neighbor relations. Find out how to handle:

  • noisy neighbors
  • trees that hang over a property line
  • blocked views
  • unclear boundary lines
  • high, unsightly, or deteriorating fences
  • dangers to children (“attractive nuisances”)
  • problems with neighboring businesses
  • drones trespassing onto your property
  • other common issues, like secondhand smoke, blighted property, and animal issues.

The 9th edition includes updated laws and information on mediation, going to court, boundary fences, private nuisances,
and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413323412
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Edition description: Ninth Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 267,284
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

Lina Guillen is a trial attorney, with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of legal matters, including family law and civil litigation. As Nolo’s Family Law Legal Editor, she has edited a variety of Nolo books, written numerous legal articles on divorce and family law issues, and managed the development of legal content on several Nolo websites. In addition to being the coauthor of Neighbor Law, 9th Edition and Divorce & Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce, 12th Edition, Lina has been quoted in several publications, including U.S. News, Real Simple Magazine, and How Stuff Works. Lina is an active member of the California State Bar and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Before law school, she was an editorial assistant for The Press Democrat newspaper in Sonoma County.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Neighbors and Legal Questions

1. Tackling a Neighbor Problem

2. Noise

3. When a Tree Is Injured or Destroyed

4. Encroachment: Invading Branches and Roots

5. Unsound Limbs and Trees

6. Boundary Trees

7. Fruit and Nuts: Who Owns What?

8. Obstruction of View

9. Boundary Lines

10. Using Another's Land: Trespass and Easements

11. Fences

12. Spite Fences

13. Dangers to Children: Attractive Nuisances

14. Rural Neighbors and the Right to Farm

15. Water

16. When Your Neighbor Is a Business

17. Other Common Neighbor Issues

18. Legal Research

19. Mediation

20. Small Claims Court


A. State Statutes on Injury to Trees

B. State Statutes on Private Nuisance

C. Boundary Fence Statutes

D. Adverse Possession Statutes

E. Right-to-Farm Statutes


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perynaw More than 1 year ago
A great help. Useful for many things.