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Thompson v. Schlittenhart – Case Review

Some boundary dispute cases involve a little bit more than the parties’ contrary claims of adverse possession and quiet title to the recorded real property. No, sometimes the professionals can make bank by engaging in a contest in which one of them will ultimately end up the butt of the joke. [1] That’s what happened … Continue Reading

ITT Rayonier, Inc. v. Bell – Case Review

ITT Rayonier, Inc. v. Bell was the first Washington Supreme Court review of an adverse possession case after Chaplin v. Sanders. [1] In ITT Rayonier the Supreme Court told the Division II appellate court that they really didn’t “phone in” the Chaplin opinion; its a holding for which … they care. [2] You see the appellate … Continue Reading

Wells v. Miller – Case Review

Wells v. Miller opens with one of the best written overviews of any Washington adverse possession cases. [1] Larry L. Wells appeals a summary judgment which quieted title in Jerry and Betty Miller to a vacated county road right of way. The principal issues is whether a claim of adverse possession commences when a county road … Continue Reading

Chaplin v. Sanders – Case Review

Chaplin v. Sanders is without doubt the most important adverse possession case in Washington state.[1] It is a case stacked high with facts supporting the claimants of adverse possession.[2] But, there was a legal snag which gave it legs for appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. Essentially, there was a break in the chain of … Continue Reading
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