Hello again, Theresa, and thank you for clarifying that for me.
State law does provide grounds for a landowner to claim ownership of property they have exclusively used and maintained for a period of at least 15 years under the doctrine of adverse possession, so you could pursue legal action to obtain ownership of the land you have been using for so long typically.
However, it is usually better to retain a local real estate
attorney to approach the issue with the neighboring land owner in an attempt to come to a voluntary agreement and avoid litigation if possible, since it can be expensive and time-consuming for both parties involved.
Here is a link which summarizes the law in CT:
There are grounds to pursue ownership of the property you have used an maintained for over 30 years, but it would be best to retain a local attorney to represent you in this matter. If you are unable to come to an agreement with the neighboring landowner, then a lawsuit will typically be necessary, seeking a court order declaring that you are the rightful owner of the property in question pursuant to the doctrine of adverse possession.
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