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What are Missouri's laws on hostile easeways

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What are Missouri's laws on hostile easeways
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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What you are asking about is called an easement by prescription. Establishment of a prescriptive easement must contain the following requirements: use of property for a ten-year period; use must be adverse; use must be under claim of right and there must be notice to owner, notice being open, visible, continuous and uninterrupted. Auxier v. Holmes, 605 S.W.2d 804 (Mo.App. 1980).

So yes, they can establish an easement by prescription if they can prove the above. However, there are two things you should know:

1) This is not automatic. They cannot simply start using that lane. They have to file a lawsuit, go to court, and prove the elements described above by clear evidence before the Court renders a judgment allowing this - a process that can take months and be very expensive. Until/unless they do this, there is no easement; and

2) If they success, they would not own the lane, but can only use it for what they have been using it for before.

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