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ADVERSE POSSESSION LAND CLAIMS IN TEXAS.... GOOD OR BAD?
Adverse Possession was frequently used in early Texas to settle land titles. Such a process aided land grabbers during the high turmoil periods of mid to late 1800s. Many conflicts remain unsettled in the minds of Tejano families who, to this day, vehemently contest expulsions, forced evictions and other unlawful land despossessions... allegedly ignored by Texas authorities. Many of these cases were instituted through use of Adverse Possession.
The attached article is not related to what occurred in early Texas and therefore offers an unbiased view that can be compared to the Texas experience. From this, one might draw his/her own conclusions of the propriety in Texas actions.
Further down in this section is an extract from the Unclaimed Minerals Proceeds Commission FINAL REPORT which defends Adverse Possession. The extract mentions statutes of limitation which may rankle some who believe that such laws were created to mask and protect improprieties of early Texas land mismanagement. Other claimants use the Greaser Excerpts referenced in the UMPC report... as evidence that illegal land seizures did occur. In those excerpts, Greaser clearly states that, "fraud, forced evictions and illegal land seizures did occur".