One of the things that has often fascinated me about the law as I continue to read and write about it is the concept of a statute of limitations. That after a certain amount of time something that was once a wrong, while it may not ever become a right, will eventually be forgiven and we can move on and not worry about it anymore. Limitations on negligence is a good example. To clarify, I am talking in the civil context and not the criminal.
I have often told surveyors that property law, especially boundary law, has built-in limitations periods. These are not statutorily enacted limitations, but court-made limitations. The most common in the boundary context are the so-called location doctrines; the common grantor doctrine, the doctrine of monuments, boundary by oral agreement, boundary by acquiescence, boundary by practical location, estoppel and the all-encompassing rule of repose. Most rules of repose are in the 20 to 30 year range.