Chris Norton has spent $5,000 on attorney fees trying to resolve boundary disputes with her neighbors. She now pins her hopes on legislation introduced by Rep. Ed Orcutt that would repeal Washington’s adverse possession law.
Neighbors can acquire title to another’s land by using it over time
Sunday, February 8 | 11:21 p.m.
BY KATHIE DURBIN COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER
Chris Norton leads the way through snowy scrub woods and blackberry brambles, tracing the boundaries of her 20-acre property near Fargher Lake.
Except those boundaries aren't necessarily what they seem.
Over the past year and a half, Norton's property lines have become battle lines in a war over whether the property she bought in 1999 truly belongs to her.
Neighbors on two sides claim title to strips of that property - a total of about an acre - under a legal concept known as "adverse possession." ...