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In New York the period of time for adverse possession must be at least ten (10) years. New York Real Prop. A&P.L. Â§501-551
What that means is that if you have encroached on the neighbor's land for at least 10 years, then you can claim legal ownership of that disputed portion simply by trespassing for that long. You would have to get a local real estate attorney to file a "quiet title" action and have a survey performed showing the disputed portion shaded in. Then assuming you can prove you have been there for at least 10 years, the judge will issue an order stating that you are now the legal owner of any area you have used and maintained for that 10 year statutorily prescribed period.