Can’t live with them, can’t live without them….
I just got a call from a rather hostile woman. She bought the property earlier this year just north of a piece of undeveloped rural property I own in eastern WA, and then had a roadway pushed thought on the boundary – it was part on her property, part on mine. I found out about it when another neighbor called and told me about it. My non-hostile neighbors and I met and looked at the situation. The road was clearly not all on her land. I talked to the bulldozer driver who’d pushed it through; he said he’d stopped part way along when he saw that the line they’d posted wasn’t lining up with his hand-held GPS.
I looked at the situation, stretched a wire between the surveyed corner monuments as closely as I could, posted it, and went home. The wire was clearly on one side of the road in some places, and the other side in other places; the wire was pretty straight, the road wasn’t.
Background: This is a person whose children tried to chase me off of someone else’s land (the land she now owns, but didn’t at the time according to the online plat system), and government land that adjoins mine during hunting season, and in previous years tried to kick other hunters I’ve allowed to hunt my land off of my land, claiming it was theirs. They are people who are, shall we say, well-known in a nearby town.
Yeah, that sort of people.
Well, she objected to my putting up a fence – well, really just a single strand of wire that I hung a few “no trespassing” signs, and flagging on every twenty feet or so- and was very aggressive about (a) insulting me, (b) saying that because of the fence, if anyone got hurt on it there I must be accepting full responsibility, RIIIIGHT? with a clearly implied “sure be a shame is someone got hurt on that, and sued you, wouldn’t it?”
So, anyone out there have any land dispute lawyers they could recommend, preferably with experience in south central WA and rural boundary dispute issues? Or, for that matter, other than asking if I recorded the call (I didn’t, but I should find out how to do that with our phone), any “best ideas” on how to approach this?