A legal right, with varying conditions, in many jurisdictions that allow individuals to obtain a legal easement to a property. If a squatter is permitted to occupy for the proscribed statutory period a real estate property to which he or she has no legal claim, that squatter can file for and receive an easement for that parcel of property. Squatters often must be forcibly evicted with court order and supervision to protect the current owner's full ownership. For more information, see the "Title and Estates in Real Property" article in the "Real Estate In-Depth" section.
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