Advising on Frequently Encountered Abutter Issues

Learn about frequent issues pitting neighbors against each other and solutions for dealing with and avoiding these disputes

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    Good fences make good neighbors! Neighborly disputes over property are nothing new. Particularly in New England, many property boundaries were drawn centuries ago and are not clearly marked or shown on the land, surveys, or plot plans—leading to many disputes over who actually owns what and who has rights to use what. Neighbors frequently fight over easements, boundary lines, construction, driveways, rights of ways, and development rights and impacts. These disputes can be expensive, lengthy, and litigious—significantly affecting people’s enjoyment of their property and their daily lives.

    Experienced faculty discuss common abutter disputes, and how to identify them, address them, and prevent them. Faculty also examine effective strategies for handling these disputes if they reach litigation. 

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    • 9:30 - 9:50 am

      Abutter Disputes: Private Rights of Way

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      • Determining your rights and your neighbors’ rights in private ways and paper streets that abut your property
      • Types of interests in private ways
      • Extinguishment of private ways
      • Litigation concerning rights in private ways
    • 9:50 - 10:10 am

      Zoning Disputes

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      • Appeals under G.L. c. 40A, § 17
      • Recent trends in standing case law
      • Recent amendments to the bond provisions under G.L. c. 40A, § 17
      • Best practices in working with neighbors and the broader community when proposing a new development
    • 10:10 - 10:30 am

      Abutter Disputes: Establishing Easement Use

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      • Who defines an easement’s “purpose”?
      • Issues with determining an easement’s intended use
      • Best ways to avoid disputes regarding easement usage
      • Dealing with maintenance and other costs associated with easement upkeep, including use of associations
      • Easements and trespass claims
      Corey Sullivan Martin, Esq., Mirrione, Shaughnessy & Utti LLC , Quincy
    • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session and Key Takeaways

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