Adverse Possession 101: Timing Requirements & Required Qualities


This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the basic fundamentals of adverse possession and get you up to speed on the relevant components of the law. Many of the timing requirements can be vague and sometimes ambiguous and, additionally, words and phrases like “open and notorious” or “hostile” can lead to misunderstandings. This session will provide additional clarity to improve your ability to deal with this interesting area of real property rights.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Build a baseline knowledge of what adverse possession is and how it works
•   Bring clarity to adverse possession concepts such as “open and notorious” and “hostile use”
•   Master essential timing requirements, concepts such as “tacking” and more

Date / Time: April 19, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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James S. Ettelson, Esq. is senior counsel with the law firm of Royer Cooper Cohen and Braunfeld, LLC brings a diverse background in management gained in both the public and private sector, concentrating his practice in the fields of transactional corporate, business and real estate law. He practices in the areas of real estate, land use, zoning and commercial financing. He has represented developers, builders, health care and educational institutions, assisted living facilities, real estate investors and corporations in both the profit and nonprofit sectors and has been involved in a large and varied range of real estate litigation. His extensive legal experience ranges from business organization and counseling, equity and debt finance negotiation, lease/sale negotiation and agreement preparation to land use and zoning issues. He is an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University and is a frequent lecturer on land use law and real estate transactions.

Mr. Ettelson is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; and before the U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He earned his B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. degree from Temple University. He is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American bar associations and is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also served more than four years as a member of his township’s planning commission and was elected to three full terms as a Lower Merion Township Commissioner and subsequently served as Board president.

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Section I. Adverse Possession Defined: Developing a Baseline Knowledge

Section II. Time Requirements for Adverse Possession
a) Period of Time – Private vs. Public Entity
b) Tacking – How it Works
c) Extending the Statute of Limitations

Section III. Required Qualities of Possession
a) Open and Notorious – Standards for Visibility
b) Actual – Does the Use Fit the Property?
c) Continuous, Uninterrupted Use – Even Seasonal Use?
d) Exclusive Use – Is the Claimant the Sole User?
e) Hostile, Adverse Use – Did the Landowner Consent?