Sorry if this is long, I think my only option will be to see an attorney...but hoping not to.
We live on a lake,in Massachusetts, my family has been here since the 20's.
Next to our property sits a parcel of land that used to be considered a right-of-way for folks on our street to use to gain access.
Recently we have a man who comes down from another part of town. Took his boat and left in in the right-of-way and thinks it's public access and ok to do so.
Stories within our family have always been that my grandfather owned the property and gifted it for the folks on this street to use.
We, our neighbors and the person across the street don't want people down there. We are on a small quiet street and people suck, bring their dogs and leave their trash (and boats) kids go on our property, god forbid one of them gets hurt.
I went to the registry of deeds and the parcel shows up with no name, no taxes have been paid on it etc.
The woman said I have to go to the registry for the county, the info I need is too old for the town's data base.
Problem there, is the stuff I was able to look up I couldn't decipher. She advised me that she could show me records but could not interpret them.
Does anyone know of an easier solution than hiring an attorney? I fear the money it may cost to have it turn out to be just a public way.
I really want to put up no trespassing signs, but I know this new gentleman believes its his right to be there and I honestly don't know....generations of talk and stories change.
Any experience out there?