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I am being accused of harassment. I have a dispute with my

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I am being accused of harassment. I have a dispute with my neighbour. In 2013 I requested permission from her to tend to protected tree work. One tree was mine the other hers. I have had less than 8 doorstep conversations with her. I have never been abusive. During the two years of the dispute a period of over a year passed with no contact between us. I have recently written to her to put my case. Matters that were mentioned were not abusive, I sent her an invoice for the tree work costs with the letter. She seemed very upset about this and accused me of outright lies. I had previously sought free legal advice and the invoice submission was included in the written advice I received. Am I harassing her, could I receive an unannounced visit from the police. The lady's reply to my letter revealed that she is a retired solicitor
Hello, has she previously asked you not to contact her?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No she just told me in her last answer that my actions amounted to harassment
Did you agree in advance that you will charge for the work?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
At my first meeting on the lady's doorstep she agreed that she would contribute to the costs. She has stated this fact in her latest reply to me. Under the planning approval from my local council for the protected tree work work to both trees was required to be done. This advice was in an "informative" a word I do not understand as a noun. The informative instruction meant that I could only do about 25% of the approved work if I only worked on my tree. The council said that as the 2 trees were co-dependent. So I was unable to do more than 25% of the work I wanted to do to my tree alone
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you still there?
No, I was in court.
What I need to know is whether you agreed in advance that you would charge for the work?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Look this is going nowhere. My neighbour said she would contribute to the costs. In the event she reneged on this. As a neighbourly arrangement I was treading lightly. Between us she said she would pay and I thanked her for that. This arrangement was in Aug 2013, she reneged in Nov 2013. The work was done in Feb 2014.
Yes, I understand that but if you want to sue her on this basis then we need tok now what was agreed.
'Contribute' to costs could mean anything. What did she specifically agree?