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Buying of titles refer to the purchase of the rights of a person to a piece of land when the seller is deceased. When a person who made a deed having a legal right to land is deceased at the time of the conveyance, the sale is void according to the general principle of common law.
The statute of 1824, ‘to revive and amend the champerty and maintenance law,’ forbids the buying of titles where there is an adverse possession. In some states such as Pennsylvania, Illinois and Missouri a deed is valid regardless of an adverse possession.