Just Title Law and Legal Definition

In case of prescriptions, just title is a tile that the possessor received from someone whom the possessor honestly believed to be the real owner, provided that the title was to transfer ownership of property.

A just title, within the meaning of the law that allows a ten-year prescription (Puerto Rico) does not mean a perfect title, as otherwise prescription would not be needed. If the title is good on its face and the possessor under it has no notice of any extrinsic defect, it will found a good title in ten years. [B. Fernandez & Bros. v. Ayllon y Ojeda, 266 U.S. 144 (U.S. 1924)].

The following is an example of case law defining the term:

La. Civ. Code Ann. art. 3478 provides: He who acquires an immovable in good faith and by just title prescribes for it in 10 years. In order to prescribe under this specie of prescription, a just title is required. La. Civ. Code Ann. art. 3483. The term "just title" means a title, which the possessor received from a person whom he honestly believed to be the real owner. [Watkins v. Zeigler, 147 So. 2d 435 (La.App. 2 Cir. 1962)].