Yes you do have a claim for adverse possession. Speak to a real estate attorney
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As attorney Kenney noted, you might very well have an adverse possession claim. A prior owner is barred from commencing an action for the possession of real property after 21 years. 42 Pa. C.S. § 5530. Essentially, you must demonstrate actual, exclusive, visible, notorious, distinct, and hostile possession of the land continuously for 21 years. You should consult with an attorney to learn how to perfect your rights
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You can go on this site and look at my guide on adverse possession http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/adverse-possession-in-pa
Let me tell you what I would do if I represented the neighbor. It might help you recognize that everything you say will be used against you.........
I would cross examine you on the words you wrote in your question. I would ask you to read aloud the following; "My husband has been maintaining 18 inches of our neighbors property for a little over ...." I would then ask how you know its your neighbors property. After 10 or 15 more questions your case would be over.... destroyed out of your own mouth.
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