Lucas: Traversing the Law

Traversing the Law

How Boundary Lines are Established

Boundaries defined by property owners are as old as property itself; property lines are dependent on the actions (or inactions) of landowners.
By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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How do boundary lines become established? This is a critical question for the land surveyor who is interested in surveying property.

 What I mean by surveying property is rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the limits of ownership, not simply staking out geometry from a deed or rendering a new mathematical breakdown of a section.  


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What Does it Mean to Survey Property?

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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I recently posted this question on a message board and received more than a few responses. This was by no means a scientific study, but the resulting comments, many of which strayed way off topic, confirmed what I have already come to realize. The answer to this question lies largely in the eyes of the beholder.


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Fence Line Surveyors–Did They Get a Bad Rap?

At this late date in the history of land surveying, surprisingly and sadly, there is no clear definition of what it means to survey property.
By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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For one surveyor, it can mean simply utilizing the measurements (bearings and distances) in the client’s deed, acquiring a starting point and an azimuth


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Objective Uncertainty

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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Fundamental to a well-reasoned opinion on the location of property boundaries, also known as a survey of property, is being able to properly interpret a deed. Proper interpretation of a deed requires understanding uncertainty.
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Title v. Location

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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Black’s1 defines “title” in the real property sense as the “formal right of ownership of property.
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A Second-Class Profession

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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Land surveyors are second-class professionals by their own choosing. The title “professional” is largely achieved through self-proclamation.
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Traversing the Law: Can the Original Surveyor Blunder?

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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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.
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Traversing the Law: Maintaining Relevancy in the 21st Century

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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I recently attended a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar dealing with building your business in the new economy.
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Traversing the Law: Evidence Standards and the 2009 Manual

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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To my friends on the East Coast and in other areas of the country not influenced by the Public Land Survey System (PLSS)--yes, this is another column about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Manual of Surveying Instructions, 2009 edition (2009 Manual). But the general discussion on the rules of evidence is applicable to all land surveyors who deal with property boundaries, no matter the jurisdiction.
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Traversing the law: The Surveying Body of Knowledge

By Jeffery N. Lucas, PLS, Esq.
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A Body of Knowledge, or BoK, for any discipline is a basic study to establish a benchmark of concepts, principles and practices that any given discipline deems necessary for competent practice. Ostensibly, this BoK, once established, would be the blueprint for curricula that would be developed for undergraduate study in that given field.
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