Acquiescence to a Boundary Line

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What is Acquiescence to a Boundary Line?

Acquiescence is a legal concept that determines the boundary line between two properties and overrules the boundary listed in the deeds.  If the law of acquiescence applies, one property owner loses title to some amount of land and the other property owner gains it.

When Does the Law of Acquiescence Apply?

The law of acquiescence is concerned with adjoining property owners, both of whom are mistaken about where the line between their property is.  Adjoining property owners may treat a boundary line, often a fence, as the property line incorrectly.  If the law of acquiescence applies, then one property owner will lose all legal title to some amount of land.  This is similar to the doctrine of adverse possession, however there is no requirement that the actions be hostile, instead it is based on a mutual mistake.

In most states, the law of acquiescence can apply in three situations:

Do I Need a Lawyer?

It can sometimes be difficult to determine where the boundary is between two pieces of property.  If you have any doubt about the boundary to your property, you should speak to a lawyer to avoid losing title to land that is legally yours.  A lawyer can advise you of your options as a property owner and represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 05-22-2013 12:24 PM PDT

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