My question involves personal property located in the State of: Montgomery County, Maryland.'
During the last thunderstorm, a large tree fell on our property as well as the neighboring property on our left. The tree sits very close to our property line and we believe it belongs to our backyard neighbor. A portion of the trunk is on our property. We contact our homeowners insurance and they told us that the tree removal is the responsibility the landowner in which the tree fell on. We are willing to split the cost of the tree removal with our neighbor, but they feel that it is all our responsiblitiy. We will not be able to prove that the tree is our back neighbor's without a site survey (cost about $2000) - and the back neighbor refuses to acknowledge ownership of the tree. Our side neighbor has threaten to take this to court for the cost of the removal.
The tree was deterioriated in the center (the center was hollow) but there were no oblivous signs that the tree was diseased before the storm.
My question is: Where can I find legal information about fallen tree responsiblity in my state so we can show our left neighbor that we are not totally responsible. Or get him some proof without getting our lawyer involved. Or who in my county government could I ask? The cost of tree removal is about $500-$1000.