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Yes, the person that told you that you will need to go to civil court is correct. When there is a property dispute such as yours it is usually resolved by the filing of a declaratory judgment action and expert surveyors hired by each side come and testify to prove to the court who owns the land. Here is the law that applies: [click here]. In that same action, and as alternate relief, if the court finds that your survey is wrong, you can ask for a finding that you own that property through a claim of adverse possession. If you can show that you have been using that property in an open and obvious manner for 10 years, then adverse possession may give you title to it. Here is the law.
You do not have to hire that one. You can hire one from a neighboring city or county.