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Can someone take over ownership of property if they pay the taxes on it?

Question Details: I inherited 10 acres of land 40 years ago along with 2 other siblings for a total of 30 acres. Our cousin has used the land for 40 years, running cattle and whatever and paying the property taxes. My brother, sister and myself now want to sell the property. Our cousin is stating that we have no clain to the property as we abandoned it. That's not true. Since he was using it, he should have paid the taxes on it. We would have been happy to pay the taxes on it had he mentioned his intent was to take it from us. Are we too late to hire an attorney?

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