color of title
- A phrase used to describe a situation where a written document or record seems to give someone ownership rights, but does not because of some defect or absence in the document
- The perceived ownership of a piece of property that is claimed by someone who doesn't have a valid legal title, but has been staying or using the property in a way that conflicts with the rights of the true owner
- The farmer had been cultivating the land for decades, but it turned out to be a case of color of title as the official paperwork was not in order.
- The artisan set up his business in the abandoned warehouse under the color of title, until the rightful family heir came forward to claim it.
- In real estate cases, color of title often becomes a key issue, especially when it involves disputed properties.