Tree lines

Several months ago, I decided to clean up the tree line separating my property from our neighbor’s yard.  I made sure to speak with him and ask his permission to cut down a few fairly large trees. Since the majority were dead or diseased, they were worth nothing.  I spent almost a month finally working on the cutting, and hauling. When I was finished the area looked so much neater, and I’d removed the threat of those trees falling during a windstorm and causing destruction.  I was entirely proud of my efforts and the finished result.

               Weeks later, I got a call from the neighbor.  He’d already hired a lawyer and was suing me for cutting down those trees.  He claimed that the trees were really on his property and worth quite a lot of money.  He wanted me to pay for the loss from selling the wood. I had no choice except to hire our own lawyer to fight back.  My lawyer asked me to find photographs of the tree line from before I started cutting them down.

            This turned into a long, drawn-out and painful legal process.  It cost both me and my neighbour a tremendous amount of money in legal and court fees.  Both of us ended up before a judge, pleading our case. The whole thing was entire nonsense.   Although I was able to win the court case, I wasn’t ecstatic with the outcome. I had still wasted a whole lot of time, paid my lawyer a ton of money, and there’s no way repair the situation with our neighbor.  I now take every chance to bug him in every way possible.

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