Rosemary McCoy said the media and public often confuse the two.
"A lot of people think adverse possession is just take property for free. You've got to fix, repair [the properties]," said McCoy.
McCoy said she represents a man who owns and rents seven different properties that he has taken possession of, but hasn't purchased.
McCoy said her client took possession of the properties under the adverse possession law. The law allows any citizen to take over a vacant property and control it for seven years. Then, if the original owner doesn't claim the property, the new owner can take control