Posted by Rob FL on January 07, 1999 at 21:35:14:
I learned in the dodo licensing class I took that the acronym for adverse possession is H.O.T.C.A.N. Hostile, Open, Taxes paid, Color of title, A statutory time period, Notorious. The big problem is “color of title” this means you need to have something which purports to give you ownership of the property like a deed or probate or something. Sometimes it is necessary to prove that the original deed was destroyed if you don’t have something to show at least some reason why you actually own the property. Most title companies won’t insure by adverse possession unless you file suit to quiet the title.