First, here is the Washington Code:
In Washington State, the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 7.28.070 defines adverse possession as “Every person in actual, open and notorious possession of lands or tenements under claim and color of title, made in good faith, and who shall for seven successive years continue in possession, and shall also during said time pay all taxes legally assessed on such lands or tenements, shall be held and adjudged to be the legal owner of said lands or tenements, to the extent and according to the purport of his or her paper title. All persons holding under such possession, by purchase, devise or descent, before said seven years shall have expired, and who shall continue such possession and continue to pay the taxes as aforesaid, so as to complete the possession and payment of taxes for the term aforesaid, shall be entitled to the benefit of this section.”
To get title to the property you must meet each and every one of the conditions in the Washington State Statute.
The taxes id always the issue in adverse possession actions.
Since that is the original purpose, to not have land unoccupied so as not be able to collect property taxes, you wold bring your proof of all the required elements to Kink County's Assessor office. Usually a hearing is made, public notice is made, and if all goes well, the assessor will offer you a new deed to the property.
Keep in mind, upon public notice, everybody and there sister will claim some sort of interest in the property. The way you ultimately get title is to have all those interests disproved by proving yourself that all the elements of the statute have been met by you.
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