What to do if my 3 siblings andI own a 20 acre wooded lot and without my knowing 1 of my siblings had it logged?

I did not want it to be logged. Do I have any recourse against him?

Asked on September 20, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do.  You all have equal rights in the ownership of the property and if he did something that decreases the value of the property in some way - and may be even to devalue it aesthetically - then you have recourse against him.  Now, did he hire a company himself to log the property and then sell the logs?  Or did he enter in to a contract for a company to log the property and then pay for the right to log?  These are two different things.  Logging rights are rights that must be signed over to some one or some company.  It is a contract.  And if he misrepresented that he is the only owner of the property then you may be able to set aside the contract as well for the future.  Get help. Good luck.


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