Expert Witness / Property Disputes
Unfortunately, neighbors don't always agree with each other. Sometimes these disputes pertain to property lines or property rights, such as set-back violations or storm water run-off. Most property disputes involve a distinct disagreement about the location of a property line. We have many years of experience in successfully working with attorneys and property owners for resolving property disputes. While most are settled out of court through negotiation or mediation, several wind up going to court. When it gets to that point, you want to be sure that you've engaged an experienced professional who won't let you down on the witness stand.
Mark Chastain has been involved in the Expert Witness capacity in over 100 property disputes. Most matters are resolved or settled outside of court, but his experience involves over 30 appearances under oath in hearings or depositions. Jeff Vick has also given testimony as an expert witness. Jeff has handled dozens of complex title insurance claims and property dispute surveys, including affidavits of professional negligence when applicable. Their attention to detail, knowledge of the subject matter and procedures, and real life experience are invaluable when problems arise with your property.
The most important aspect of expert witness consulting, which includes the land survey of the dispute, is to fully understand and research the situation. This may require extensive courthouse research, intensive field surveying, and sorting out a complex mathematical situation of conflicting deed elements. The most important and beneficial product of our work is accuracy. If you have a strong winning case, you may want to proceed boldly, and feel less inclined to settle. However, if there are weaknesses in your case or position, it is far better to find them out through a private exercise than in a loosing verdict in court.
If you would like to discuss your property dispute situation with us confidentially, give us a call today.