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    Default Boundry Dispute (20 Years and Someone Wants to Change It Now)

    My question involves real estate located in the State of: Texas

    My grandfather and grandmother bought this house 20 years ago knowing that the fence was about 3 feet into the neighbors property. The builder of both houses lived on this property as well. As time went by they have spent thousands of dollars beautifying this area...they assumed it was theres if it wasn't contested for 7 years.

    The builder sold the house to a couple. About 5 years ago they lost the house to forclosure. A new couple moved in about a year after that...they immediately came over asking for the property back. This is after the fence being there for almost 15 years.

    My grandfather died and my grandmother is going to build a new fence and wants it placed where the deeds say the boundries are. Does she have a right to keep her land after 20 years?

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    Default Re: Boundry Dispute (20 Years and Someone Wants to Change It Now)

    Does she have a right to keep her land after 20 years?
    Not until she goes to court and proves all of the Texas laws regarding adverse possession were met. It doesn't automatically become hers at any point; she will need to sue in court.

    It's not a do-it-yourself project either- Texas has some of the most detailed and complicated laws regarding adverse possession. A local real estate attorney will be needed to look over the situation in detail and assess the possibilities.

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