Now that the seminar season is beginning to wane, I have had some time to reflect on some of the conversations that I have had with surveyors from all across the country. One of the recurring themes I want to address is blunders made by the original surveyor.
As a general proposition, to be an original surveyor, you have to be setting out new lines for the very first time for a common grantor. In most instances, the surveyor is subdividing land either in a simultaneous or sequential fashion. In the simultaneous scenario, the surveyor is usually preparing a subdivision plat to be recorded in accordance with state law in order to create new tracts of land that will be described by lot and block number with reference to the recorded plat. In the sequential scenario, the surveyor is often creating lots by metes and bounds description, and--depending on the circumstances and/or state law--a map or plat may or may not be recorded in the public records.