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Recent Developments in Virginia Regarding Church Property

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a church lost title to a portion of its property in a boundary line dispute because an adjacent property owner acquired title to the disputed property through adverse possession by openly occupying and maintaining the disputed property with an intent to claim it as her own regardless of the actual legal boundary line.

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Key point. A church may lose title to some of its property in a boundary line dispute through adverse possession if an adjacent property owner openly occupies and maintains the disputed property with an intent to claim it as his or her own regardless of the actual legal boundary.

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a church lost title to a portion of its property in a boundary line dispute because an adjacent property owner acquired title to the disputed property through adverse possession by openly occupying and maintaining the disputed property with an intent to claim it as her own regardless of the actual legal boundary line. A boundary line dispute arose between a church and an adjacent homeowner. The dispute arose because the homeowner and her predecessors had used the disputed land mistakenly believing that their property ran to a line of trees at the edge of woods on the church's ...

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  • November 1, 1999

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