As a dog, I get it. Territory is important. When someone is encroaching, you get nervous. And these legal terms can make you even more nervous if you don’t understand them. So what is adverse possession? Adverse possession is a state of ownership that comes about through a nontraditional way (i.e. not through purchase). It involves taking possession of someone else’s titled land, usually a small portion ― often by accident. Consider the example of building a fence. You might or might not have known that by building your fence where you did, you essentially expanded your yard into your neighbor’s property. However, if this breach of property line meets Washington’s requirements for adverse possession, the new sliver of property that your fence has annexed can essentially become yours over time. To learn if you or your neighbor qualifies for adverse possession, we invite you to contact us for a free 30-minute consultation today.