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Boundaries and Easements

Presenter: Barry Savage

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Natick, MA

Courtyard by Marriott Natick
342 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-655-6100

This seminar is closed or full.

Agenda:

Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:30 pm


Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (And on the Ground)

   Interpreting land descriptions
      • Metes and bounds
      • Lot and block
      • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions
   Applying principles of boundary location
      • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary
        evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys
      • Locating the described land on a map
      • Locating the described land on the ground
      • Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)
   Solving land description and boundary location problems


Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements

   What is and is not an easement
   Reviewing state law on easements
   Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements
      by use, written easements
   Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross,
      easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements
   Maintaining easements
   Knowing when and how to terminate easements
   Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies
      for obstruction


Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession

   Defining trespass
   Reviewing the history of adverse possession
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
      • Statute of limitations
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Examining recent adverse possession cases


Resolving Boundary Disputes

   Types of boundary disputes
      • Adverse possession, easements, boundaries
   Obtaining and reviewing boundary evidence
   Methods for establishing disputed boundaries
   Participating in dispute resolution techniques
      • Litigation, arbitration, mediation, agreements, title insurance
   Dealing with fences in dispute situations


Boundary Case Studies

   State line disputes and how they evolve
   Research techniques and historical data
   Gathering evidence from the field
   Explaining boundary decisions to clients

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyor

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a non-mandatory continuing education opportunity to Massachusetts attorneys, engineers, land surveyors, and other interested professionals.

Massachusetts engineers and land surveyors licensed in states with a continuing education requirement will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar toward those requirements, in most cases. Since the topics covered in this seminar are specific to Massachusetts, it will not qualify for New York engineer or land surveyor continuing education credit. Refer to specific state rules to determine course eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

Speakers:

Barry Savage

Survey Products Group Manager with Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN
Mr. Savage is currently manager of the Survey Products group at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to his service at TVA he was in private survey practice for 10 years specializing in dispute resolution and expert witness services. He has surveyed several disputed state boundaries to resolve jurisdictional conflicts. Mr. Savage is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State Community College where he teaches courses in boundary law, geodesy, GIS, and surveying fundamentals. He has researched and retraced the historical surveys of Henry David Thoreau and has published several articles on the subject. Mr. Savage teaches exam review and continuing education seminars at various state and local conferences across the country. He has served as director of production for Cook and Spencer Consultants in Chattanooga. Mr. Savage was senior designer at Psi Consulting Engineers where he worked on structural and environmental design. And, he was a survey supervisor at Whitfield Engineering in Dalton, Georgia. Mr. Savage received his B.S. degree, with high honors, in civil engineering technology from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.