Welcome to Lange on Law

Welcome to Lange on Law. Here you will find over 150 legal columns written by Donald and published in local newspapers in Muskoka and Haliburton. Click on a topic and read what Donald has written about the law.   Please select a topic or search to the...

Adverse Possession of Land

Adverse possession of land is possession of land similar to a squatter’s right to land. It gives to a person ownership of a part of another’s lands because of the way that person has used the lands for a period of time. Fenced lands relating to a surveyed property...

A Garden in Cottage Country

Squatters’ rights are alive and well in cottage country! Here is a case which was decided in February. John and George were neighbours in cottage country. Both used their properties as seasonal summer cottages. John claimed squatters’ rights over 15 feet of George’s...

The Line Fences Act

There are many land disputes between neighbours in the County of Haliburton. Litigating these disputes in the court system can be a costly experience and the result not necessarily satisfactory even to the successful party. One reason is that the neighbours still have...

Boundary Trees

Boundary trees are trees on the boundary between neighbouring lands. Neighbours’ conduct relating to boundary trees has been legislated since 1896 when the Ontario Tree Planting Act was enacted. The purpose of the Act was to encourage the planting and growing of...

Shoreline Ownership

If you own waterfront property to the shoreline, you are a riparian owner, meaning you own the bank (“ripa”) of the lake to the water’s edge. But where is the water’s edge in Haliburton? There is a high water mark in the spring and a low water mark in the fall. The...