Kris Kline, PLS L-3374, is president of 2Point Inc., Alexander, N.C. Kline teaches several classes on boundary retracement but remains a student of the discipline. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on Kline’s available continuing education courses can be found at www.2point.net. Kline’s books, “Rooted in Stone: The Development of Adverse Possession in 20 Eastern States and the District of Columbia,” and the newly-released “Riparian Boundaries and Rights
of Navigation,” are available from the author.
To extinguish an easement by adverse use, there must be an actual interruption of the easement use by the adverse claimant. It is difficult to prove the interruption of a so-called “paper easement” where the right was clearly granted but the easement area was never used for its intended purpose.
One of the most common — and erroneous — arguments contributing to the proliferation of purported corner markers representing a single corner is the idea that modern subdivision regulations and field procedures somehow supersede the more traditional legal principles relating to boundary retracement.