adverse possession

In Anglo-American property law, holding of real property (see real and personal property) with the knowledge and against the will of one who has a superior ownership interest in it. Statutes of limitation in most U.S. states allow an adverse possessor to acquire legal h1 if the owner does not seek timely possession.

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Adverse or adverse interest, in law, is anything that functions contrary to a party's interest. This word should not be confused with averse.

Adverse witness and party

An adverse witness is a witness whose testimony benefits an opposing party. Opposing parties are referred to as adverse parties. Often, the rules of examination for an adverse witness, or a witness called by an adverse party, are different and include the ability to ask leading questions.

Adverse possession

In property law, adverse possession refers to an interest in real property which is contrary to the in-fact owner of the property. For example, an easement may permit some amount of access to property which might otherwise constitute a trespass.

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