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What is he asking in total for the property you have been encroaching on?
Are you saying $196,000....almost two hundred thousand?
Ok, then he is out of his mind... In TX if you have trespassed on someone else's land for over 10 years, you can legally claim ownership of it. It would cost you far less to hire an attorney to file a "quiet title" lawsuit against the neighbor and claim legal ownership under the doctrine of "adverse possession".
The statutory rules governing adverse possession are codified in Sections 16.021 through 16.034 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code. Under the ten year statute pursuant to Section 16.026, the adverse possessor simply cultivates uses or enjoys the property for ten continuous years. If the land is enclosed, the person may claim all the enclosed acreage that is adversely and peaceably possessed.
So if an attorney charged you $8-10K for this, that would be much cheaper and you are well past the legal required time to claim ownership.
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But any real estate lawyer with litigation experience who has been in practice for at least 7-10 years should be able to easily handle this..
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