A leftist subversives commentary.
What is adverse possession?Traditional common law provided a method for someone to obtain title to land through use. The common law rules for adverse possession have been codified under both federal and state statutes. A typical statute allows a person to get title to land from the actual owner simply by using the land, out in the open for all to see. For example, your neighbor built a fence on your land with the intention of taking the property, paid property taxes, and you knew about it but did nothing. If this continued for a period of time set by state law, your neighbor may be able to claim this property as his/her own. The theory is that, by not disputing your neighbor’s use of your property through a lawsuit, you, as the actual owner have abandoned your rights to the property. There are several elements needed for adverse possession to result in title: The length of time required for adverse possession in title varies - it could be as short as a few years or could run for twenty years or more. Typically public entities must establish a longer period of possession than individuals. Some states have adopted a rule which requires the adverse possessor to pay taxes each year on the land. The possession must be open for all to see. The possession must be exclusive to him or her (e.g., the fence in the above example, a driveway, road, etc.) The possession must be hostile to the actual owner of the land. To gain title to land through adverse possession requires strict compliance with the law, but can have dramatic impact upon land ownership rights. An encroachment could result in title to your property being transferred to an adverse possessor. Under these circumstances, you might have to bring a lawsuit for trespass in order to prevent your neighbor from getting title to your land through adverse possession. If you own land, it is important that you do not "sleep on your rights" since you could lose ownership of the land.
from some website its not mine... so don’t call me a plagiarist
were is that link... oh here's that son of a bitch ok so that some one doesn’t come along and sue my ass http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/adverse_possession.htm