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Adverse Possession

The preceding chapters dealt mainly with personal property. This chapter introduces adverse possession, a legal process to gain (or lose) title to either real or personal property.


A landowner can have a person wrongfully on his land, such as a trespasser, removed from the property. The legal action to remove a trespasser is called ejectment. On the other hand, a person who is not the legal owner of property, and who in fact may have entered as a trespasser, who uses the property for enough years becomes the owner of the property and defeats all rights of the true or rightful owner, even if the latter had legal or record title, under a process known as adverse possession.

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