Lucas: Traversing the Law

Jeffery N. Lucas writes a column about legal issues and court decisions that affect surveying.

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A Statute of Limitation on Boundaries

June 16, 2014

 Clarifications on property law’s built-in limitations periods


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A New Practice Model

April 5, 2014

When anybody can be an expert measurer, and the perception is that a GIS map is just as good as a survey, then the land surveying profession as we currently know it will cease to exist. 


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Professional Surveyors: Ensuring the American Dream

March 1, 2014

 If only this were the case. How different would the land surveying profession be if this were the general perception people had about land surveyors over the past several decades? How different could the land surveying profession be if we made this a reality in the very near future?   


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Professional Surveyors – Ensuring the American Dream

February 14, 2014
If only this were the case. How different would the land surveying profession be if this were the general perception people had about land surveyors over the past several decades? How different could the land surveying profession be if we made this a reality in the very near future?
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What's Wrong with the Land Surveying Profession

February 1, 2014
This isn’t a question. It’s a lead-in to another example of what is wrong with the land surveying profession, as if we need another example.
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Looking at Fraud in the Land Surveying Profession

January 12, 2014
I imagine most land surveyors don’t give the idea of committing fraud a second thought in their everyday practice. I know this because in my discussions with land surveyors over a 30-plus year career, and in traveling across the country and meeting surveyors at various conferences and other venues, I have yet to come across a surveyor who gave me the impression that they wanted to mislead their clients in any way. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of these surveyors seem to pride themselves in trying to do the right thing, even though as we know, the road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions.
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Land Surveyor as Equity Judge

December 1, 2013

 Many learned minds with a better understanding of the law or land surveying, or both, have expressed the idea that the land surveyor is both judge and jury when it comes to rendering a well-reasoned opinion on the location of property boundaries.  


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TRAVERSING THE LAW

Why Our Technical Standards Need to Go

Take away the crutch that allows bad practitioners to damage our citizens with impunity
October 2, 2013

Our technical standards, as they exist today, simply provide cover for bad practitioners who are able to break the law, damage property rights and adversely affect the well-being of our citizens—with impunity. No other profession allows similar activity to go unpunished, and we wonder why we get no respect. 


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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.
August 1, 2013

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?

May 13, 2013
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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