Problem of the Week: Legal Descriptions

A description of land by the consecutive reference to courses and distances around its perimeter is called a

(A) bounds description

(B) plat description

(C) aliquot description

(D) metes and bounds description

While the term metes and bounds might be considered archaic, it is still widely used and understood. Metes means measurement or the assignment of measurement, and bounds refers to boundary monuments, both physical and legal.

The answer is (D).

This is problem 1 (7-1) 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.