When I was in college and taking a lot of law classes (thought I wanted to be an attorney, lol), I took AG Law. There were 2 things that I learned (now this was in 1983-1986) and I wondered if they were still in play. This is in Missouri.
Not sure what they were called...too many years ago!
1. If a fence line remains in place for 7 years - that becomes the actual property line no matter what a survey
says. This happened to me, the owner didn't fight it - it's a farm and the amount of land was minimal - he had put the fence up about 3 or 4 feet inside his property line - which amounted to about an acre of land. But I'm wondering if this still applies. My saddleclub is having a boundary dispute
with a psycho neighbor
2. Another law in Missouri that is not well known is the upkeep of fence lines. It says that all property owners should share equally in the upkeep. Well, we are a farm that is now surrounded by subdivisions. We have SEVEN neighbors! 3 of those neighbors wanted to help, the others did not. We did not force the issue...bad neighbors are for life (unless you can move). Just wondered if that law is still there.
3. One last one dealing with Ag Law again. I know this was in effect 5 years ago, because someone cut my daughters fence, horse got out, got hit, and the car driver (who admitted she was not looking at the road - how do you miss a 1200 lb horse crossing your path on a level road!!!) tried to get her insurance to pay. They did not have to pay since we (Missouri) still have open range law and even if we didn't, as long as fences are kept up, then the landowner is not responsible. Do we still have open range laws? Our insurance company said most insurance companies do not like this law so do not tell the landowners about this.
Ok, thanks for your help. Lots of questions here!