You want to be a good neighbor. You live in a populated area, and you paid a good amount of money for your home. Your neighbor is bothering you, though. He has started to encroach on your yard with his trees and shrubs, and he's playing music so loud you can't concentrate.
What can you do? Usually, talking to a neighbor should be enough to resolve simple disputes, but when they continue, mediation and arbitration are necessary. With mediation, you and the other party talk to work out a solution to your problem. For example, if your neighbor needs to play music loudly for band practice, maybe the time of the practice could be changed to when you aren't home. Or, maybe he would be willing to cut back his trees and plants and never realized it was such a big deal to you. The mediator is there as a third party, and he or she can help both sides come to an agreement.
With arbitration, there is a third party who hears both sides of the story. Then, the arbitrator makes a decision on what needs to happen. Not all arbitration sessions are legally binding, but some are. Your attorney can help you understand the kind of session you want to go through.
Our website has more information on real estate disputes and what you can do if you find yourself unhappy with your situation. Whether it's a bad neighbor or a purchasing decision gone wrong, you may be able to resolve your dispute with the other party through one of the above means.