Fishing and Portage Rights

Purchasers of land in Haliburton situated on water are fully aware that the public has the right to use the water in front of their lands. This legal right arises from a reservation in the first deed. When the Crown initially conveys land to an original owner (the...

Freezing Land in Lawsuits

Lawsuits involving land are common in the County of Haliburton. Examples are disputes over rights of way and property lines. There may also be a dispute over the purchase of the land itself. A purchaser buys a rural or water front property but the deal does not close....

A Property Sale by Court Order

Jointly owned properties can create legal problems if one owner wants to sell. Consider this example. A house or cottage is owned by two or more people. The owners may be family members or business partners. One of them wants to sell because there is a rift in 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...