Neighbor Law

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
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  • Live Telephone
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Thursday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A
MCLE Credit: 2.0  (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $159

Information

Why Attend?

  • Gain a practical understanding of how to handle the difficult neighbor lurking in every neighborhood
  • Every Virginia attorney needs an overview of this area of the law
  • The seminar materials are an extremely valuable, condensed synopsis of the law that will be used over and over

Living in close proximity to one another brings out the best and the worst in all of us. When proximity means sharing the same patch of dirt or foundation, issues are bound to arise.

  • Can I trim my neighbor’s tree?
  • Do I have an easement on my neighbor’s property?
  • How can I get my neighbor to fix his deteriorating fence?
  • What can I do about my neighbor’s barking dog?

As an attorney, you have been asked these questions many times from family, friends, and clients. You even may have encountered these questions yourself when dealing with a neighbor. This course will teach you how to answer these and other related questions. Our faculty will explore the disputes that commonly arise between neighbors and suggest ways to gain resolution.

Learn what your client’s rights are and how alternative dispute resolution might save you and your client from a visit to the courthouse. “Neighbor law” is diffuse; it integrates a variety of types of law from real estate to torts and often requires a great deal of research to answer one question. This seminar will provide a great overview of practical advice on how to deal with neighbor issues.

Whether you are a residential or commercial real estate lawyer, municipal lawyer, general practitioner, in-house counsel, or the lawyer who occasionally fields questions about such issues from friends and family, this program will benefit you.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

Dealing with Boundary Issues

  • Boundaries
  • Prescriptive easements
  • Adverse possessions
  • Fences

Disruptive Behavior Between Neighbors

  • Running ground water
  • Environmental contamination for neighbor’s land
  • Sight, air, and view blockage
  • Noise and light disturbance

Nuisance, Nudist, and Other Noisome Issues

  • Tree and shrub encroachment
  • Shared driveway
  • Animals and pets
  • Offensive sights
  • Issues of irresponsibility
 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 17) (Eastern Time)

10:00 Neighbor Law
12:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 8) (Eastern Time)

10:00 Neighbor Law
12:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

FACULTY

John C. Altmiller, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / McLean
Michael E. Derdeyn, Flora Pettit / Charlottesville
E. Duffy Myrtetus, Eckert Seamans / Richmond


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

John C. Altmiller, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC / McLean
John C. Altmiller is a partner in the firm Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC in McLean. His practice is concentrated in real estate, real estate litigation, civil litigation, business law, landlord-tenant, collections, and contract law. He has tried cases in both federal and state courts, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, and has been lead counsel in over fifty circuit court trials. Mr. Altmiller graduated from Villanova University in 1988 and received his law degree from George Mason University in 1992. He is the former co-chair of the Real Estate Section of the Fairfax County Bar Association, and the former chair of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Attorney Roundtable. He has been a speaker at many continuing education seminars in the area of real estate, litigation, and ethics.

Michael E. Derdeyn, Flora Pettit / Charlottesville
Mike Derdeyn's practice focuses on the areas of litigation, general business law, and employment law. He also serves as general counsel to a number of local businesses.

Mr. Derdeyn’s litigation experience includes litigating claims for individuals and for businesses in state and federal courts in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, construction, employment, and landlord-tenant law. He has litigated and resolved matters involving partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secrets violations, fraud, business torts, defamation, tortious interference with contract, breach of contract, wrongful termination, discrimination, violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, violations of the Consumer Protection Act, real property disputes, and trust and estate matters, among others. He also has successfully handled numerous injunction actions for employers seeking to restrict competition by former employees. He has been reported in cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Derdeyn’s business law experience includes representing and providing legal advice to a number of local companies in a broad range of industries, including media and entertainments companies, automobile dealerships, construction companies, property managers, and developers. He advises his clients on shareholder and partner conflicts. He also provides contract drafting, contract negotiation and employment counselling services.

Mr. Derdeyn also devotes time to providing advice and litigation services to residential and commercial property owners in landlord-tenant matters.

E. Duffy Myrtetus, Eckert Seamans / Richmond

A highly experienced real estate, business transactions, and commercial litigation attorney, Duffy Myrtetus is a member of the firm resident in the Richmond office. His practice is principally centered on the representation of various parties involved in transactional and litigation matters related to the acquisition, sale, lease, financing, development, and operation of real property assets and interests.

Mr. Myrtetus maintains a diverse practice representing individual investors, institutional lenders and investors, developers, loan servicers, property managers, underwriters, brokers, and others in a wide variety of matters related to planning, entitlement, development, financing, mortgage banking, title claims, loan workouts, and related transactions and litigation. Additionally, his transactional practice includes commercial and residential settlements, tax credit financings, commercial and conduit loans, mortgage foreclosures, land use and planning, and mortgage lender servicing matters. He also has experience in commercial litigation matters including forfeiture proceedings, fraudulent conveyances, title claims, boundary line disputes, partition, construction disputes, and related claims. .

Mr. Myrtetus is a native of Miami, Florida, where he also maintains an active practice. He is admitted to all state and federal courts in Florida and Virginia, and is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, is the past chair of the Real Estate Section for the City of Richmond Bar Association, is a past president of the Out of State Practitioner’s Division of the Florida Bar, and currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.  He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite.

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