Adverse Possession: What It Means

Adverse possession — sometimes called "squatters' rights" — is a powerful legal remedy for those who have functionally, but not legally, owned and used a piece of property for a certain length of time. Under the right circumstances, you may be able to pursue legal title to the property. This right is based on the principle that real estate should always be put to the best use rather than sit vacant.

Most cases of adverse possession involve rural property. Sometimes, however, claims involve disputes between neighbors over residential property boundaries.

The Legal Elements Of A Claim

Under Colorado law, the person seeking to gain title to the property must demonstrate certain criteria. For example, he or she must have been openly and continually using the property by establishing an exclusive presence there for a certain length of time. If all of the statutory elements are met, that person may acquire title to the land through a quiet title action.

Adverse possession claims often involve gray areas. If you are seeking to pursue or defend against a claim, you should consult with a qualified real estate lawyer about your rights.

How We Can Help

In the Denver area, we at Pearson & Paris, P.C., can assist you with all aspects of an adverse possession claim. We have a robust real estate practice that spans decades of legal experience. Our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of Colorado law regarding adverse possession. We can evaluate your rights and opportunities for exercising them.

For more detailed guidance on adverse possession and how it applies to your property rights, please call our office in Lakewood at 303-872-4719 or toll free at 888-725-2609. Alternatively, you can send us an email to arrange a consultation.