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O'Connor v. Larocque

Connecticut Supreme Court
31 A.3d 1 (2011)


Facts

A widow believed she had inherited a vacant lot from her deceased husband. In fact, she had inherited only one-third of the lot, and the remaining two-thirds passed jointly to the couple’s four children. The mother, still not knowing that she owned only part of the lot, deeded her interest to her daughter, Theresa O’Connor (plaintiff), who was one of the four siblings who jointly owned the other two-thirds already. A number of years later, Theresa discovered that she did not own the entire lot but rather shared ownership of two-thirds of the lot with her three siblings. Theresa was able to acquire the interests of two of her siblings, but the fourth owner, her sister Dorothy Larocque (defendant), refused to sell her share to Theresa. Theresa brought a claim against Dorothy to quiet title to the lot, alleging that she owned the entire lot through adverse possession. Dorothy sought partition of the lot. The trial court quieted title in Theresa’s favor, and Dorothy appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Zarella, J.)

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