Adverse possession has to do with squatter's rights, and it would lay claim to the WHOLE property and not just a "piece" of it.
Because we are dealing with just a piece, this would be an EASEMENT
Can they claim easement?
EASEMENT BY ESTOPPEL
This is not too set in statutory law, but essentially they would have to prove that someone in your situation allowed and encouraged them to use that land.
EASEMENT BY PRESCRIPTION
"In order to establish an easement of way by prescription the plaintiffs must establish an open and notorious use of defendants' land adverse to the rights of defendants for a continuous and uninterrupted period of ten years." Thompson v. Scott, 528 P. 2d 509 - Or: Supreme Court 1974
. In other words, they would have to show that they have been using this without your permission for 10 years.
UNLESS they can prove one of the above, they have no claim to your piece of land there. And even if they could prove it - it is not automatic. They have to GO TO COURT, file a lawsuit, and PROVE each element to get that easement officially on the deed.
Otherwise, they have no claim to the land.
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