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Ownership of Submerged Bottomlands: Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

AuthorW. Dane Carey

Throughout the summer months, we frequently get questions on the topic of water law (also known as “riparian” law). Occasionally, these questions involve disputes between waterfront property owners and their neighbors over the location of docks or the placement of boats and boat hoists. This article is intended to provide an overview of the legal rights of waterfront property owners regarding the submerged bottomlands adjacent to their property.
A person who owns real property that abuts (i.e., borders) a natural body of water is known as a “riparian” owner.  As a general rule, riparian ...
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Unreasonably Long Docks: How Long is Too Long?

AuthorW. Dane Carey

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