i'm not sure what section this would go in, or if it's a diy subject at all, but i need to start asking somewhere. i'll add some pics in a day or so. my home computer is down. since i moved here about 3 years back there's been a big dead oak tree in the yard next door. huge, dead top to bottom, and kind of looms over the part of my yard where the deck and one side of my garage is. even moreso since i extended the deck out into the yard some. about once a year or so a big branch falls out of it. today a big branch fell and hit the deck without causing too much damage, but it did break a fountain i had in a small plastic pond, and may have put a hole in the pond also (rainy day so the pond is still really full). the most serious thing was it hit the chain link fence bettween our houses and bent it down pretty good. about two feet more to the left and it would have messed up a bench built into the deck pretty bad, and possibly a glass patio table also. i'm not too happy about the damage, but really i'm more worried about other branches falling. they seem to just break out of the blue. the one today broke just after it had been raining and the sun was shining at the time. other times there have been ice storms and a freak wind storm and nothing fell. ok, all that to ask, is my neighbor responsible for that tree? they moved in maybe a year after i did, so the tree was there dead already, but are they still responsible if it's in their yard? i'm not wanting to try and make them pay for the current damage, but i wish the tree could come down. i was just inside the garage door today. if i were on the other side of the door i'd have been hit or trying to dodge it, and i worry if i were to have guests out on the deck, along with the deck it's self, and maybe my garage if a branch fell just so. i'm thinking the tree is just going to get more rotten and eventually things will get worse. i work second shift and didn't get an answer when i knocked on their door, so i just left a note before i went to work today to ask them to look in the back yard and also to consider cutting the tree down or back or something. i tried to make the note as non antagnonistic as i could. the only other person i've asked so far is my brother, who said call my insurance co. and see what they say. that they would probaly get in touch with the neighbors and see what could be done since they would have to cover any damage to my property if things get worse, but i figured i'd ask the neighbors myself first 'cause i thought it might be better that way. thanks if you read this far, and for any advise you might have.