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Have you been using and maintaining the property in addition to paying the taxes?
Has anyone else been using it?
If you have been the sole person using someone else's property for the statutorily prescribed time under the law, then you can legally claim ownership of it under the doctrine of "adverse possession". In NC, that time must be at least 20 years under NC Statutes § 1-40.
So if you started using it and paying taxes in 1999, you would have to do so until 2019 to hit that 20 year mark and be able to file a "quiet title" lawsuit against the estate and claim legal ownership of the property.