Have you ever noticed an abandoned neighborhood property you would like to own? Or would you like to use part of your neighbor's property, perhaps for a path or driveway? Today's real estate lesson is "How to Legally Steal Real Estate Without Going to Jail." To pass this course, you must comply with the tough rules for stealing all or part of a property. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. STATE LAWS ENCOURAGE LEGAL THEFT OF REAL ESTATE. After most states adopted English common law in the 1800s and early 1900s (except Louisiana, which still follows the French Napoleonic Code), stealing real estate became legal. Often called "squatter's rights," there are two major ways to acquire all or part of a property belonging to someone else. However, if you don't meet the state statute requirements, you could become liable for trespass damages to the rightful property owner. Neither of the two methods to be explained can be used for property owned by any government agency or a public utili...
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