We live in Southwestern Virginia. In the mid-60's, my parents, grandparents, cousin and others in our community accessed a spring and buried a waterline on a neighbor's property with their consent. At least 4 homes and the property owner have utilized this water for the 40 plus years on a gentleman's agreement with no documents ever being drawn. The original owner and is son have since passed away leaving the land to their offspring which has posted the land for sale, but still retains possession.
What are our rights to this spring and possible easements to the waterline currently and if the property is sold. Will it be grandfathered in under prescriptive easement or are we basically SOL without proper paperwork.