18 years with the owners knowledge and without them filing an objection or kicking your off. This is not a criminal defense question. It is a real property question and needs to have the practice area changed.
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Agree with Mr. Leroi and would add that your possession of the property must be continuous and exclusive. Contact a real estate attorney for further information.
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I'm not a property law guy but I believe that Colorado changed it's statute a couple of years ago to eliminate or severely restrict the concept of adverse possession.
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The main thing you need to know about adverse possession, is that the 18 years of possession no longer gives you free property in Colorado. If you win the case and prove adverse possession, Colorado law now provides that you get to PURCHASE the property from the owner at market value. You do not get the property for free.
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