Los Angeles Adverse Possession Attorneys
Is a Trespasser Attempting to Claim Your Property?
Unless you stop a trespasser from using any part of your property, the trespasser may acquire title to your property FOREVER. If someone uses your property for a period of five years or more, and pays property taxes for that period, under certain circumstances that person may be entitled to become the owner of your property.
Therefore, it is extremely important for you to visit/inspect your property on a regular basis. If you notice a trespasser using your property, you must act immediately. The only way you can preserve your rights is to speak with a lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in real estate issues.
At Azadegan Law Group, APC, we have handled many adverse possession cases, including those complex real estate litigation. If you have any questions about your rights or remedies, please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can assess your situation and discuss your options.
When Can Someone Claim Adverse Possession in California?
When it comes to boundary dispute matters, the information on the property deed isn’t the only factor used to determine who owns the property in question. If the encroacher has openly lived on the land continuously for a long period of time, then they might have the right to adverse possession.
Adverse possession claims in California require proving:
- That the occupant exclusively and openly used the land (keeping out others) as if it were their own.
- The occupant must be physically present on the property .
- The occupant had lived in the property and paid taxes for 5 years.
- The occupant must not be secretly hiding in the home or avoided being seen.
Some jurisdictions permit accidental adverse possession resulting from a surveying error. One of the key factors used to determine ownership in these matters is who paid taxes on the property. So if one party buys a hillside property and is assessed taxes for 10 years based on the hillside being part of the property, but later discovers the deed indicates otherwise, then the party that paid taxes on the property might be entitled to adverse possession.
How to Protect Your Property From Squatters
Squatters are people who occupy properties they don’t own, rent, or have permission from the owner to legally occupy. In the state of California, squatters have rights under the law and could potentially take your property through adverse possession.
If you want to keep squatters from taking over your property, then you should do the following to protect it:
- Pay property taxes on time
- Keep any rental properties you own filled with tenants
- Do not allow subletting in rental properties and make sure it is clearly stated in lease agreements
- Hire a property manager to watch your properties when you are unable to
- Install a security system for any properties you own
If you are dealing with an issue of adverse possession, contact us immediately for help resolving the matter to avoid losing rights to your property. We have experience handling adverse possession disputes for homeowners across Los Angeles.
At Azadegan Law Group, APC, we are a reputable litigation firm with a team of hand-selected attorneys who are ready to deal with any substantive or procedural legal challenge you face. We are equipped with state-of-the-art research and communication technologies that enable us to research every legal issue thoroughly so that we can deliver outstanding representation.
We know how important your case is, which is why our legal professionals are readily available to the clients we serve. In order to resolve each case as quickly and favorably as possible for each client, we litigate aggressively, while always tailoring our strategy to each client’s unique needs and goals. We explore every procedural angle and make every necessary motion to win the case or expedite the most favorable settlement possible.
We live with our client’s case. We listen, we think, we believe, we strategize creatively, we prepare, and we try. We develop a very close relationship with our clients and with our cases. We make sure that the jury will be able to see and feel our real and deep emotional connection with our cases and our commitment to our client. Our goal in a trial is not to “tell” our client’s story to the jury, rather, it is to “show” the jury the truth.
Focus Groups and Mock Jury Trials
When warranted, we use focus groups and conduct mock jury trials so we can better evaluate the emotional connection between the facts of the case and the jury. By doing so, we refine our strategy to be able to present a more powerful case to the jury.
We are a litigation firm first and foremost, ready to deal with any substantive or procedural legal challenge at every turn. We are equipped with state-of-the-art research and communication technologies that enable us to research every legal issue thoroughly and make ourselves readily available to our clients. In order to resolve each case as quickly and favorably as possible for each client, we litigate aggressively, while always tailoring our strategy to each client’s needs and goals. We explore every procedural angle and make every necessary motion to win the case or expedite the most favorable settlement possible.
Discovering the Story
Everything in life has a story. The “truth,” without a well thought out story, is not believed nor is it effective. We believe that understanding and feeling the core of the client’s story is the key to understanding the “truth” and formulating a powerful story to present to the jury. So, we spend tens of hours listening to the client’s story, and in many cases we use re-enactment techniques to be able to “see” the story. We explore the feelings, motivations and pressures behind every party in every case. That enables us to acquire a deeper understanding of our cases.
Contact us at (310) 340-1550 to schedule a consultation and find out what we can do to help you.