Problem of the Week: Client Relations

If a surveyor agrees to locate a particular property line for a client and the client assures the surveyor that an approximate location will be adequate, which of the following statements characterizes the surveyor's best course of action?

(A) The surveyor should be certain the client understands that the monuments he establishes should not be relied upon to locate any improvements.

(B) The surveyor should word the certification of his plat in such a way as to eliminate any liability for reliance on the location he establishes.

(C) The surveyor should be mindful that people will rely on his monuments and either locate the boundary to the best of his ability or not accept the job.

(D) The surveyor should mark the line well inside his client's property to allow for a margin of safety.

The answer is (C).

This is problem 1 (12-1) from the NEW third edition of “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (formerly "1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems"). Reprinted with permission from “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (2008 Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit www.ppi2pass.com