9/3/18 Adverse, Adverse Interest, Adverse Party and Adverse Possession


  • Adverse

Contrary or opposed to one’s own interests. For example, an adverse party would be the one suing you.

  • Adverse Interest

A right or concern that’s contrary to the interest or claim of another. An adverse interest in real property is a claim against the property, such as an easement.

  • Adverse Party

The opposite side in a lawsuit. Sometimes when there are numerous parties in one lawsuit, they may be adverse to each other on some issues and in agreement on other matters.

  • Adverse Possession

A means by which one can legally take another’s property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usually include continuous and open use for a period of five or more years and paying taxes on the property in question.