Definition of adverse possession you may be surprised to learn that under certain circumstances a trespasser can come onto your land occupy it and gain legal ownership of it the legal term for this is adverse possession through adverse possession a trespasser can gain ownership of just a few feet of property or hundreds of acres. Adverse possession is a doctrine under which a person in possession of land owned by someone else may acquire valid title to it so long as certain common law requirements are met and the adverse possessor is in possession for a sufficient period of time as defined by a statute of limitations common law requirements. There are legal ways for someone to acquire valid title to real property owned by someone else without purchasing it adverse possession in indiana and in general is a theory in law that allows a party after having met certain common law and statutory elements to become the valid legal owner of a parcel of land adverse possession has a long history dating as far back as 1066 in england . Who can claim property based on adverse possession in texas how adverse possession laws work adverse possession is a legal concept that allows a trespasser sometimes a stranger but more often a neighbor to gain legal title over the land of a property owner the concept developed in early british jurisprudence his intent has
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