My wife and I have lived in her father's home in Indiana for 20 years. During that time we paid rent every month with the understanding that one day the home would be ours, and that my wife would live in it and help take care of his two grown developmentally disabled children.
He died unepxectedly in March of '08 after being in the hospital (at least it was unexpected to us; his wife and her children had made funeral arrangements months ago).
We have nothing on paper indicating the agreement between father and daughter, although her sister is aware of it. Nor has anyone mentioned anything about Dad having a will or leaving any other possessions to her.
Now stepmom wants us to purchase the home for full market value.
So we're wondering if we have rights under the Adverse Possession Law, since we have been living there in the open with all bills in our name and solely responsible for the upkeep of the home (although he did replace a hot water heater and AC unit years ago).
Can we claim title to the home since she is his daughter and since we have been there for 20 years? I know the statute in Indiana says 10 years. Does that apply to us?