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Product Details

  • Series: Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 4th edition (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873376501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873376501
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The world is full of barking dogs and trespassing trees, spite fences and 2 a.m. rock fests, but your neighbor's lack of consideration needn't be your lifelong headache. The Nolo Press guide to Neighbor Law, eruditely and accessibly written by attorney Cora Jordan, explains all the laws relevant to noise, obstructed views, and invading branches and roots, boundary lines, fences, and attractions that might be dangerous to children (such as an open swimming pool), otherwise known as "attractive nuisances." But it's not enough to merely know the legal facts. Jordan also delves into how to research local laws, how to approach the offending neighbor, and how, if it comes to this, to explore mediation or the final justice of the small-claims court. In today's world, it takes more than a good fence to make a good neighbor; thoughtfulness and tact would be nice, but as they are often in short supply, knowledge of the law is a necessary first step toward solving your neighborly disputes. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most of us have experienced the problems attorney Jordan discusses in this practical, easy-to-understand legal guide. Such difficulties include noisy neighbors, damaged or destroyed trees, overhanging branches, obstruction of view, boundary lines, trespassing, and fences. She outlines a strategy for dealing with almost any kind of neighbor problem, starting with friendly negotiation and, if truly necessary, going all the way to court. Jordan offers advice on legal research, explaining how to find state and local law and statute citations. Recommended for public libraries.
- Fern Sikkema, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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jerseymca
The best way to avoid trouble with a neighbor is to not move next to a difficult one, but if you've done it, get this book.
Carolyn Sutter
The book provided a wonderful resource to present both sides of some issues we are struggling with.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jerseymca on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Nolo Press covers law for the rest of us. Easy to read, covers topics that are relevant, clearly makes its points. Possibly best for readers in California. Odds are, a book from Nolo Press is worth buying. This is no exception.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Excellent informative book covering topics that every homeowner will eventually have to deal with. A must have!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
From handling water issues and overhanging trees to problems with neighboring businesses and vague boundary lines, professional attorney Cora Jordan's Neighbor Law provides an updated edition of a classic title which outlines neighbor rights and responsibilities, from zoning and nuisance scenarios to starting a petition. Excellent, practical advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric G. Wilkinson on April 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
There is now a 6th edition out, but I have the 4th edition and that is the edition this review reflects.

I got this book to answer several questions I had regarding a fence problem with a neighbor. What I read scared me because it said I was the one in the wrong (which seemed completely ridiculous). I was certain I was going to be sued. I called City Hall and talked to a guy in Code & Compliance and told him what I'd read and he said nearly all of it was simply not true. After explaining what the issue was he told me there was no way the city would allow my neighbor to successfully collect any money from me. Things appear to be copacetic now between my neighbors and me, thanks to that guy in City Hall, no thanks to this book.

My recommendation is to not buy this book, and take any questions you have about your rights and responsibilities as a neighbor to your City Hall and ask them what they think. If your particular City Hall doesn't have those answers for you, then call the nearest Legal Aid office and they can point you in the right direction to get some cost-free answers.
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The best way to avoid trouble with a neighbor is to not move next to a difficult one, but if you've done it, get this book. This species of neighbor must be more prevalent than one would suppose because I had one and now my adult child has one. The law should make it easier to prevent or deal with some bad neighbor issues but it doesn't do enough. (Check with PD about calls to the neighborhood.) Meanwhile begin with this book.
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