Differences in Adverse Possession Between States


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The elements of adverse possession require that a person claiming an interest must have continuous, hostile, open, actual, and _____ possession of land for a specific time period.

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1. In looking at the different time requirements by state, some states may shorten the length of time required if ______ .

2. The majority of states require that a person claiming adverse possession remain in control of the land for _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How can a person claim land if it legally belongs to someone else? This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your understanding of adverse possession. The questions will quiz you on the elements of adverse possession and have you analyze a scenario to determine if adverse possession is being presented.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of adverse possession:

  • Factors which may be used to shorten the required length of time
  • The time limit used by the majority of states
  • The type of legal action required by some states

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to test their knowledge by using the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to analyze a scenario and determine if the elements of adverse possession are met
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the differences in adverse possession requirements from state to state
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the requirement of legal action in some states
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the time requirement of adverse possession

Additional Learning

To learn more about how states differ on the doctrine of adverse possession, review the accompanying lesson titled Differences in Adverse Possession Between States. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the elements of adverse possession
  • Make a state by state comparison of the requirements
  • Review the differences in the time requirement