Adverse possession can occur if you open and notoriously use the property of another for 5 years... at least in California.
To prove adverse possession is another thing. Thousands and thousands of dollars in attorney fees and the burden of proof is on you. Dig in and be prepared for the long run and have lots of skeedas in your bank account or your pocket.
The owner of a property has a "deeded" interest in the property. You will have to prove you have a secured interest in the property. How do you propose that you will do this?
MS. Is that multiple sclerosis?
Doesn't matter where you are... you do not get something for nothing. I do not care how many real estate Guru seminars you have been to.
The law protects us all... real estate wise.
Hook up with a great Realtor and buy a home. Get a great deal.
Forget what you read or hear on TV about how to get cheap real estate from these real estate dum-dums promising you a trip to Hawaii.
They don't make their money buying and owning real estate. They make their money selling you to buy their stupid programs.
I think things have changed a lot since the law about squatting was written probably 200 years ago. Something as simple as a gift certificate from a department store has changing rules about expiration dates. What is considered "abandoned" is what is changing, even though the actual law may not change. I'm sure if the owner is not living there but is still paying property taxes on it, it would not be considered abandoned.
So even if the squatter was living there for 50 years, it is doubtful that possession would be granted.
I also doubt that "trespassing" charges are the worst case scenario. Not only is stealing a likely possibility but what happened to the owner? The squatter could be charged with murder. Have you seen the TV show "The Riches"?
Your question was, however, not how you can acquire title by squatting. You just wanted to know if MS allows you to take possession of an abandoned property. I would check with an attorney.