DEAR BENNY: What are the rules for adverse possession? What can new homeowners do to protect themselves when buying property? What should homeowners do to protect their property from their neighbors? Should a small encroachment such as an A/C unit or a driveway with flower borders be addressed as soon as the encroachment is discovered? What is the current trend regarding adverse possession? Legal issues aside, when is claiming your neighbor's land ever really the right thing to do? --Melina DEAR MELINA: Adverse possession is a legal concept whereby if your neighbor uses a portion of your land for a period of time (which is established by state law) and the use is "open, notorious and hostile," your neighbor can go to court and ask a judge to order that the land now be...
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