Upstate New York Illegal Logging Lawyer
In Upstate New York and other areas of the state, it is common for trees to be frequently cut down on someone's property. However, the harvesting of these trees for someone else's gain must be with the express consent of the landowner. If someone has come on to your property and cut down your trees for their own profit, without your consent, you may have grounds upon which to file a lawsuit in order to recover money that you are owed for the illegal harvesting.
At the law offices of Hacker Murphy, LLP, we are a team of experienced attorneys who has handled cases in the area of timber theft and timber trespass. Our firm is highly skilled and fluent in the language of section 861 of the New York State Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL 861 ) that details how landowners are able to commence an action against the individuals or companies that illegally harvested timber from their property. Whether you had a contract with the party to harvest the tress and were not adequately paid, the contract was breached, or more trees were harvested that were not contracted for, or another situation in which timber was illegally taken from your property, our firm can help. Contact us today to discuss your case with one of our skilled litigators.
Experienced Timber Trespass Firm
Our firm is one of the few firms that has handled timber trespass and timber theft cases. One of the main cases in this area, Vanderwerken v. Bellinger, was handled by our firm. We represented the landowner whose trees were taken without his permission. As a result, our client recovered a sizable amount of money in order to compensate him for the damages he suffered as the result of the timber theft.
As a result of this highly publicized case, we have become one of the leading firms in this area of law. We work hard to see that our clients' rights are preserved and that they get compensation for the loss of timber that they have wrongfully suffered.
When a tree is harvested, the value of the tree is referred to as "stumpage value." When someone harvests your trees without your permission, you can recover the stumpage value of the trees. In actuality, the value recovered can be up to triple the actual damages for the losses suffered (treble damages).
Contact an Albany Timber Theft Lawyer Today
If you believe you have a timber trespass case that has resulted in losses, let us help you to determine the appropriate course of action. Call toll free at 866-919-9031 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with our Saratoga County timber theft injury law firm. Flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends, are available upon request.