black-big.pngThis morning I had a meeting with Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen. We exchanged ideas regarding her concurring opinion in Gorman v. City of Woodinville in which she suggested the legislature should eliminate adverse possession. I presented ideas regarding the Washington Legislature’s new adverse possession law RCW 7.28.083.

Almost beyond coincidence, upon my return my inbox contained an email from some of my

black-big.pngI had a conversation the other day with a surveyor who’s mother in Sacramento County, California has a neighbor who seeks to block her longstanding access to her roadway.

In a quick ‘napkin-top rundown‘ of her case, the surveyor explained that there is a non-contiguous, triangular portion of land which runs on what intuitively is perceived and

justice-smiles-red-large.pngMy attendance at the Fractional Sections Survey Conference last Friday, has made me painfully aware of the paucity of my knowledge of the survey arts. Well, that’s some one else’s job might be an easy retort. However, to really understand and protect boundary lines as well as protect people from getting themselves caught up in the mire of a needless war

gray-large.pngI explained that the element “Open & Notorious” is actually “two sides of the same fence” in this recent post. There I indicated that “Open” is the way the putative adverse possessor demonstrates possession. “Notorious” is how the title holder, or the world as the title holder’s proxy, recognizes this demonstration.

Well, how far of

black-big.pngThough I have been an inactive bloger since early April, the Washington Legislature and the Governor have been busy. In addition to wrestling with the hard decisions attendant to Washington’s budget, our leaders have continued to work on the adverse possession bill. And guess what? De de le daa … with two clicks you can view it from here!

I believe this

black-big.pngBoth Washington’s House and Senate have recently overwhelmingly adopted newly proposed sections to alter adverse possession, the primary law used to adjudicate land disputes. One problem, the House and Senate versions are similar with respect to two rather insignificant sections, but completely different with respect to the purport of this bill, which is to make the law of adverse possession