Generally, a person acquires title to real property by a deed from the previous owner. But a person can also acquire title in other ways. One of those ways is through adverse possession.
Adverse possession means possessing another's property under certain conditions for a certain period of time. As a result, two things happen. The title of the original owner of record is extinguished, and a new title is created by law in the adverse possessor.
de Ondarza Simmons regularly posts to its North Carolina Adverse Possession Blog. In the first post, we discuss the elements of adverse possession – the individual things that must be proved before adverse possession will ripen into title. As new North Carolina cases come down on adverse possession, we will be posting about them, too. So, please go ahead and subscribe to the blog – the subscription box is on the left side of this page – and you will get a notice via email each time we write about a new case or a new wrinkle in the North Carolina law of adverse possession.