I'm evaluating purchasing a waterfront property on a lake. The neighbors on each side of the property have located their docks at angles that prevent the instillation of its own dock despite it having greater water frontage. I recognize that riparian rights law is complex, but there does seem to be an obvious answer in dock configuration that allows all properties equitable access to the water.
I'm hopeful that reason with the neighbors will prevail, and can calculate the cost of relocating their docks. However, I've been told that the neighbor with the offending dock is "uncooperative". How do I best estimate the cost of litigation if needed?
I assume this information is needed to determine a reduced sale value resulting from the owner not defending the properties riparian rights.