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A neighbor reached over the fence, cut a tree standing in my yard and pushed the top half of the tree in my yard (approx. 15 yards of the tree is on the ground). Can I sue the neighbor for removal of the entire tree (standing and on the ground). How would I go about doing that and do I need an attorney?
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Good afternoon. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. The neighbor has no legal right to reach over or go onto your property to cut a tree. If he did, then he would be liable for the damages suffered. Before you sue, you need to determine the cost of the removal ( if the tree can not be saved) and the cost to replace it. You can make a demand for him to pay and if he does not, then file suit. If the total amount of damages is less then $3000, you can file in small claims court and handle this on your own and obtain the forms from the clerk of court. You would not need an attorney.
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