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There is a concept of law called "adverse possession" which is complicated but, essentially, states that if you are a person seeking to secure title to property owned by another you would have to show, by “clear and convincing evidence” that your use of the property was: (a) Actual, (b) Open and Notorious, (c) Exclusive, (d) Hostile, and (e) Continuous for a 10-year period.
You could then file suit to have a court order proclaiming that you are now the owner of the land.
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The adverse possession could have started against her dad. In other words, if you had "adversely possessed" the property for nine years against her father and then he passed away, the time doesn't necessarily start over. You may only have to possess it one more year to qualify.
You can hire a lawyer and file a Petition for Declaratory Judgment or a Suit to Try Title. Either of those would allow you to have a court to determine you now own the land.