Hammond, LA asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Louisiana

Q: In Livingston Parish, if I paid the property taxes on family owned land, can I claim that land and put in my name?

1 Lawyer Answer
Christie Tournet
Christie Tournet
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Mandeville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: No. Under Louisiana law, property is conveyed only in 1 of 3 ways: by a deed (if someone is still alive), by succession (either by Will, or default state law for distribution of one's estate), or by adverse possession (owning as owner for a certain time period). If you are talking about "family land," most often people use that phrase when there are multiple owners, some of which cannot be found. Those situations make a succession or an adverse possession suit almost impossible, as you must advise the court as to who heirs or all the potential, other owners are and serve them with notice of the suit.

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