My question involves real estate located in the State of: Michigan
I'm trying to purchase 10 acres of wooded land behind my house which adjoins to my existing property. Part of the 10 acre parcel is a separate outlot which is two lots north of my existing parcel.
My neighbor immediately to the north has had a septic leech field located on the outlot since 1971, according to her lawyer. The lawyer has sent me a letter stating that if the current owner of the 10 acres attempts to sell the land, that my neighbor will seek a court order for adverse possession of the outlot since her septic field is located on the outlot and since she has maintained it since 1971.
Furthermore, she claims that the septic field was put there by the original builder of the house, who happens to be the same gentlemen who is trying to sell me the 10 acres, back in 1971. He denies this claim, but I don't know whether to trust him or not.
The lawyer's letter has stated that she will either seek adverse possession of the land or will seek a "prescriptive easement" over the land. The lawyer wants the owner of the land (the man selling it to me) to grant her an easement.
It sounds to me like they are merely threatening court action so that they can get an easement granted, or else they would simply seek the court action in the first place.
I don't want to inherit this problem when I purchase the land, so any advice offered would be greatly appreciated.