I am afraid that this letter does not satisfy the requirements for a will, so it is not very helpful. It simply does not reach the necessary legal requirements for bequeathment. So it is moot, I am afraid.
In addition, the work done on the property is unfortunately not a way to claim interest.Adverse Possession
Another way to get the title is adverse possession, commonly called "squatters rights
"The establishment of title by adverse possession is said to be based on the theory or presumption that the owner has abandoned the land to the adverse possessor. It has also been said that the doctrine of maturing title by adverse possession under color of title is that where one, in the exercise of ordinary care, is induced to enter upon and improve land because he has some written evidence of title that would naturally induce a layman to believe that it vested in him what it professed to pass, it would be unjust to enforce the right of another who brings no action until the end of the statutory period." Brylinski v. Cooper, 95 N.M. 580, 583-84, 624 P.2d 522, 525-26 (1981) (citations omitted) (quoting 3 Am.Jur.2d Adverse Possession §§ 1, 2 (1962)).
A party claiming ownership of land by adverse possession must prove by clear and convincing evidence continuous adverse possession for ten years under color of title, in good faith, and payment of taxes on the property during these years." Marquez v. Padilla, 77 N.M. 620, 624, 426 P.2d 593, 596 (1967);
see also NMSA 1978, § 37-1-22.
IF YOU FEEL that you fulfill these requirements, then the onus is on YOU to file a QUIET TITLE suit in court, claiming adverse possession. This is complicated by the fact that the property as already SOLD, if this is true, which may preclude such an action.
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