This is the final post in a series of articles about understanding real property easements in Tacoma or Olympia, Washington. The goal of this series has been to provide general information about easements, including common types, how they are created and easement disputes. It is important to understand that easements may impact your property rights and potentially your property values. For these reasons, it is essential to consult with a knowledgeable real estate attorney when evaluating an easement issue. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series reviewed the following key topics:
- How easements are created
- Easement challenges and disputes
- What to expect at trial for an easement dispute
Those impacted by an easement or easement dispute should understand these issues before engaging in discussions with the other party, because common sense may not apply and how you put things in the discussions can matter and come back to hurt you. Easements can be created in different ways, and sometimes an easement may not appear in the property records but may exist nonetheless. In some cases, the parties’ ongoing behaviors could create an implied easement, which can come as a surprise to the owner of the underlying property. It may be necessary to challenge an easement or enforce one’s rights under an existing easement. In such case, it may even be possible to seek monetary damages if one suffers losses due to a trespass under claim of nonexistent easement or through interference with use of a lawful easement. Finally, when a dispute exists, impacted parties should understand what to expect during the litigation process.
Easements may impact your property values or your use and enjoyment of your land. If you need assistance with an easement, it is important to retain a lawyer with experience in real property matters to represent your interest. My firm has experience in commercial and residential real estate transactions, including easement disputes and litigation. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with an Olympia property attorney. The firm also services the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, and Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.