I am from Long Island, NY and have a large property that borders 4 other neighbors on one side. They all have errected fences. One is was on our property when we moved in. We spoke with this neighbor when we realized our marker was on their side of the fence. He apologized and said we are the new owners of his hand made fence. We were ok with that since we have such a large property. Another neighbor who just moved in, errected a fence in line with this neighbor's fence and he is now 18" on our property. Our marker is in concrete on his side of the fence. The pole coming up and ribboned by the survyer has been removed and placed on our side of the fence. First, we don't care about these neighbors using the land as we have enough and this is land back in woods we don't really use. But, we are concerned about this "let em use it for so long and you lose it" stories on the internet. In New York, can someone claim rights to your land by errecting a fence and utilizing the property? I always thought the survey is the legal binding instrument as a fence is not a permanent structure. I have called my local town and no one seems to know for certain believe it or not! Logically, everyone agrees with what I think but no one is certain what the law states. As most fences aren't perfect, they wave around trees, etc., I assume a lot of people are encroaching on other's property. So, does anyone know what the law is in NY? What rules over time; survey or person's fence? And does any one know of any cases in NY that I can refer to? Thanks very much for any help you can give!