At Chenoweth Law Group we understand the value of real estate. We work diligently to protect the rights and interests of our clients in all types of real estate litigation, including boundary and easement disputes. Our attorneys are licensed and experienced in handling real estate matters in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Understanding Adverse Possession
As a property owner, you may think you know where the boundaries of your property lie. But in the eyes of the law, the true ownership of a piece of land may differ greatly from what the deed or the plat shows. The value of your property could be significantly affected by this fact.
Under the principle of adverse possession an adjoining property owner who uses the real property for a certain number of years may be able to claim possession of the property.
The outcome of a boundary dispute involving an adverse possession claim will depend on a number of factors such as:
- How long has the encroachment existed?
- Did the property owner whose land was encroached know of the situation?
- Did the property owner whose land was encroached ever complain of the encroachment or ask the encroaching party to stop?
- Who paid property taxes?
Adverse possession is a complex area governed not only by legal statutes, but also by extensive case law. Our lawyers understand the complex aspects of adverse possession law and how to protect the rights and interests of property owners.
Preparing for Success
Our thorough case preparation methods and assertive negotiation techniques may enable us to reach an acceptable resolution of the matter without the need to go to trial. However, we prepare each case with the expectation that we will go to trial. Whatever the particular circumstances of your case, CLG will be ready to assist you in reaching a solution.