My question involves personal property located in the State of: MISSOURI
I am a member of a Church and recently a person bought some adjacent property. The owner claims that about 30' of property used by the Church is on their land. The property was recently surveyed and varies just slightly (3 or 4 feet) from the fence which has served as the boundary for many years. The fence was established about 20 years ago by mutual agreement with the neighboring landowner and installed by members of the church congregtion. A survey of the fence was performed at that time but a quitclaim deed was not recorded.
The property owner claims that the survey is wrong and has threatened to "take it to the state board". The property owner is very belligerent and had threatened to prosecute the individual mowing grass on our side of the fence. Additionally the neighbor has started removing the boundary fence which was purchased and installed by the church.
A few questions:
1) What additional steps should be taken to resolve the boundary dispute?
2) The Church has a Board of Trustees. Do these trustees have to be recorded or registered with the state?
3) What actions or rights does the church have to continue to mow and maintain the grounds while the dispute is ongoing?
4) What actions should be taken to prevent removal of the fence?
5) What other issues or problems should the church expect or consider?
Thanks so much for your service!