How did the Expression “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law” Originate and What does it Mean?

The expression “possession is nine-tenths of the law” is from the eighteenth century.

How did the Expression

The old adage means that in the pursuit of justice possession in a dispute over property outweighs these nine other essential elements of a good court case.

A lot of money, a lot of patience, a good cause, a good lawyer, good counsel, good witnesses, a good jury, a good judge, and good luck.

Property law governs valuable things that people call their own.

Real property, also called “real estate” refers to ownership of land and objects attached to it.

In common law, adverse possession is the process by which title to a person’s property is acquired without compensation.

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