Resolve Boundary Disputes in Utah with Help from Experienced Attorneys
Counseling clients on real estate matters for more than 50 years
Are you in disagreement with a neighbor regarding a property line? At Jeffs & Jeffs, P.C., we are determined to help resolve your boundary dispute in Utah. In many cases, these types of predicaments arise because many years ago, land surveys were inaccurate or the landholder’s use of their property may not comport with the title lines. Our law firm has been dedicated to serving clients on real estate law matters since 1957. We have a competent grasp of the law and can swiftly assess your case and help you settle your dispute as quickly and fairly as possible.
What is a boundary dispute?
A boundary or territorial dispute occurs when two or more parties claim possession or rights in a single piece of real estate or property. Disputes can arise because one or more individuals is uncertain of boundary lines or because the language used in a deed was not clear enough — terms like “more or less” or “southeasterly” may be used instead of definitive modes of distance. Additionally, certain markers mentioned in the deed, including trees, fences, rocks and stakes, may be gone.
Resolving boundary disputes
Utah boundary disputes can appear out of nowhere. If one is interfering with your life, you may be unsure of what to do. By contacting an experienced lawyer, you can receive trustworthy advice on the best way to resolve your dispute. Below are a few of the issues often related to boundary disputes:
- Removal of the encroachment: If your neighbor is encroaching on your property, you can request a court order for the removal of the encroachment.
- Sale of the encroached property to the encroacher: Depending on the circumstances of your case, another method to quickly settle your boundary dispute is to sell the land to the encroaching party.
- Adverse possession: Adverse possession, also known as squatter’s rights, occurs when a person uses the land of another for a continuous period of time. The statutory requirement for adverse possession in Utah is seven years. Thus, if you openly use and improve a property for seven years and meet the other requirements for adverse possession, you may be able to obtain ownership of the disputed property.
- Prescriptive rights: In certain circumstances you may obtain rights to property by you and your predecessor’s open use of the property for more than 20 years.
Receive sound advice from a respected Utah legal team
We at Jeffs & Jeffs, P.C. assist residents of Utah with all types of real estate law matters — from complex boundary disputes to zoning and land use issues. To speak to one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us today by phone at 801-373-8848 or via our online form. We have flexible hours, free parking and are located two blocks from the Provo courthouse and one block from the new Latter-Day Saints Historic Provo Temple.