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

justice-smiles-green-large.pngA repeatedly misunderstood concept which occurs in a legal contests involving adverse possession is the difference between perfection and recognition.

Perfection is what happens in the vast majority of cases when all of the elements of adverse possession have been satisfied. For my jurisdiction of Washington State, this is actual possession which is (a) open