Q: What can I do about a neighbor wearing a gun, coming to the property line and telling me what I can't do on our property

Neighbor wearing gun says blackberries and trees on our property can't be cut. We can't even cut branches overhanging our driveway. Happens both 3 and 30 ft away from property line. He said the drain ditch that traverses both properties will collapse and it's protected. The nearest blackberries are10 ft away from ditch. I checked with Pierce County Planning and they verbally said I can kill the noxious weed blackberries and cut the trees. There's another drainage ditch fronting both properties which Pierce County clears about once a year. That ditch is deeper and wider and doesn't collapse. I feel threatened because he comes out wearing a gun telling me what I can't do. He has done this 4 times. We've been here 7 years and can't maintain the vegetation and avoid using the front yard for fear of getting shot.

1 Lawyer Answer
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Sorry to hear. A civil anti-harassment protection order is a common remedy for a neighbor dispute involving unwanted and threatening contact. A good attorney will give you the best chance of getting the order issued.

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