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. The issue of adverse possession is more complicated where the land is held on trust under the limitation ordinance where land is held on trust and adverse possession is taken by a stranger the trustees title to the legal estate is not affected until all the beneficiaries have been time barred further under the limitation ordinance the . Adverse possession is a means to acquire title to land through obvious occupancy of the land while claiming ownership for the period of years set by the law of the state where the property exists according to the peoples law dictionary
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