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Vezey v. Green

Alaska Supreme Court
35 P.3d 14 (2001)


Angela Green (plaintiff) was given a piece of her family’s land by her grandmother, Billie Harrild, in 1982. Harrild was in declining health and wanted Green to have a home near Harrlid’s home. The piece of the property was on a bluff, across a creek from Harrild’s home. The gift was not recorded, and Harrild and her husband remained the owners of record. Over the following 10 years, Green constructed a house and cultivated the grounds on the bluff. Green generally worked on the property during the summer and worked in California for the rest of the year. Green cleared a number of trees off of the property, created an access road, and posted no-trespassing signs. Green also put up a chain across the road entering the property. In other areas of the property, Green cleared undergrowth, raised chickens, planted a garden, cleared a trail, set up a picnic table and bench, and cut trees. Allen Vezey (defendant) became interested in the property as a potential rock quarry. Vezey checked the title to the property and purchased it from Harrild. Green sued Vezey, asserting title by adverse possession. After a trial, the trial court determined that Green had obtained title to the entire bluff area by adverse possession. Vezey appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Fabe, C.J.)

Dissent (Matthews, J.)

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