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My neighbors tree is over hanging my driveway and the roots are heaving up in my yard. I have no grass a lifting sidewalk pine needles in my gutter and sap on my cars all because of the tree. I went to her and told her I will pay to have it removed she refuse, common law said I can cut overhanging branches and roots in my yard but if I cut all thats in my yard it will Shirley kill this tree. am I still in the right to trim or if it kills the tree is that then my fault and if it is my fault what repercussions am I looking at 

 

Dan 

Mundelein IL

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The OP indicates in his signature that he is in Illinois.

If your actions kill the tree (or if you otherwise cut off more than the law allows you to), you would at least be liable for the value of the tree and, possibly, triple damages under the wonderfully-named Illinois Wrongful Tree Cutting Act

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2060&ChapterID=57

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