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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Adverse Possession

Volume 2 . Chapter 7 . § 7-18
Key point 7-18. Churches can lose a portion of their property to a neighboring landowner as a result of "adverse possession," if the neighbor openly and adversely occupies church property for the length of time prescribed by state law.

Churches can lose a portion of their property to a neighboring landowner as a result of "adverse possession," if the neighbor openly and adversely occupies church property for the length of time prescribed by state law.

Case Studies

• An Arkansas court ruled that a neighboring landowner had a legal right to use a roadway across church property to access a public road because he and his family had used the roadway for a sufficient length of time without objection by the church. A trial court ruled that the neighboring ...

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