No presumption of hostility when a family member claims a prescriptive easement

Posted on May 12th, 2011 by Joseph William Singer.
Categories: Adverse possession.

The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine has created an exception to the presumption that prescriptive use of another’s property is non-permissive when the servient estate is owned by a family member. Androkites v. White, 10 A.3d 677 (Me. 2010). The court held that, in such cases, it is more likely that the use is permissive and thus the usual presumption is overcome. A few states presume use to be permissive in all cases while most states retain the same presumption of nonpermissiveness for both adverse possession claims and prescriptive easement claims.