My question involves an easement in the state of: North Carolina. My mother purchased a small plat of land (approximate .64 acre) that was part of a joint estate which was broken up at auction. Her house has already been on the land for over 17yrs at time of purchase, and the use of the driveway as a shared easement was always allowed. When she purchased the land her house is own it was done so with established easement via the shared driveway all the way to the back end of her property line. The servient property has since had new neighbors move in under a rent-to own type of lease with the original buyer, who still owns the property. When these new neighbors first began looking at that house my mother informed them of the easement and asked if it would be a problem, which they of course said no.
Since then they have become more hostile and aggressive about her use of the drive and parking location. There are a small row of trees and rose bushes that prevent her from driving across the easement onto her property, which they refuse to cut down; as such she has been parking just off the easement as close to her property line as possible. The husband and my mother have been working on plans to build her a new driveway parallel to the current driveway that will extend to her property and allow for parking, however his wife became irate when my mother refused to sign over her rights to the current easement till a lawyer reviewed the contract they had written up regarding the new driveway. On multiple occasions the wife has came to my mother complaining about one thing or another, getting irate and pointing out that she has a concealed carry permit (I am sure that should be considered a physical threat since she has done it multiple times and only when irate and angry).
Their latest comments to her is in regards to fencing in the property to bring in farm animals, with plans to put in multiple gates along the shared easement. I have looked at the deed she sent me and while it does mention the property easement there is no specific language I have seen, which I assume would be on the map maybe? My mother is 100% disabled due to early MS and walks with the help of cuff-crutches, so affording attorneys will be tough for her, which I am certainly willing to help with, but expecting her to get out of her car multiple times on a 50-yard (estimate) driveway seems excessive.
Any advice will certainly be helpful.