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Bar Bulletin

The Wisdom of Pleading Boundary Disputes with Certainty

May 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Robert Walter M Zierman

“I called the cops. They came. And after our neighbors settled down, they told us that we had to call an attorney because their behavior isn’t a crime.”

Real-property boundary disputes rarely involve the attempt by only one party to alter the status quo. Instead, the status quo is being challenged by both parties. To both it feels criminal … but it most certainly is not. What does seem a crime is when lawyers fail to adhere to the law.

The law to which many attorneys dabbling in boundary dispute law fail to adhere is RCW § 7.28.120. This statute...

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