Cynthia Ann Miller is a respected Hinsdale, IL, attorney who represents clients in complex real estate matters. In her work as attorney, Cynthia Ann Miller strives to ensure that Hinsdale, IL, clients minimize their costs in contentious disputes that can require an extended period of time. She has extensive knowledge of fence and property line laws, which helps resolve issues related to boundaries and trespassing on private land.
One aspect of a common fence in Illinois is that both property owners are responsible for its maintenance. In cases where a fence is in need of repair, the two adjacent property owners share costs 50-50. In cases of one party not initially cooperating, the other starts by writing a letter explaining the issue with the fence. A “fence viewer” can then be brought in to undertake a fence examination. This helps determine whether the fence is in need of repair and whether the share of the total cost requested is reasonable.
Past this stage, the two parties may enter into mediation to resolve issues. Alternatively, a lawsuit may be filed, such that the neighbor is compelled to pay his or her part of the total cost.