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Adverse possession is a law which allows an owner of land to do two things (1) disallow stale claims for the ownership of the totality of the property and (2) to claim ownership of land which is beyond the titular bounds of a legal description as determined by surveyors after having conducted a retracement survey.

justice-smiles-green-large.pngMutual Recognition & Acquiescence is a legal doctrine, which though much less used and developed than adverse possession, sometimes serves as another means to settle a land fight between adjoining property owners.

The doctrine of Mutual Recognition & Acquiescence may be adequately summarized as: (1) an express or implied good faith definition of a boundary; which (2) is bilaterally recognized

justice-smiles-green-large.pngAdverse Possession is the primary doctrine used to resolve boundary disputes. Its requirements, or legal elements, are:

  1. Actual Possession; that is
  2. Open & Notorious;
  3. Hostile; and
  4. Exclusive; held
  5. Continuously for the Statutory Period.

In essence what this means is that an adverse possessor needs to both sufficiently represent to others AND in actuality possess real property