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Boundaries and Easements

Presenter: Matthew A. Noviello, Esq., P.E., L.S.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Ronkonkoma, NY

Courtyard by Marriott Long Island MacArthur Airport
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: 631-612-5000

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 4:40 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, easementsby 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

Understanding Riparian and Water Rights

   History and development of riparian rights
   Determining land boundaries near the water line
   Determining access rights to surface waters
   Determining rights to groundwater
   Complying with regulations restricting access to and use of surface water and groundwater

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way

   Current law on utility rights of way
      • Federal laws and regulations
      • State laws and regulations
   Types of utilities affected
      • Electric, water, natural gas, telecommunications, satellite communications
   Basis for and definition of the easement
   Encroachments and interferences
   Environmental issues
   Condemnation law
   Current issues involving utility easements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

     8.0 New York CLE Hours

Land Surveyors & Engineers
     6.5 CE Hours

     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs.* This traditional format course offers 8.0 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

HalfMoon Education is approved as a continuing education provider by the New York State Education Department/State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (NYSED Sponsor No. 35). This event provides up to 6.5 continuing education hours to New York land surveyors and engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

This seminar offers up to 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education provider via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects. This course is approved by the AIA for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Partial attendance cannot be reported to the AIA.

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

*HalfMoon Education will provide financial hardship assistance to New York attorneys who wish to attend this event. Contact Doug Chapman at doug@halfmoonseminars.org for details.


Matthew A. Noviello, Esq., P.E., L.S.

Principal in Noviello & Noviello, Esqs. and Principal in Matthew A. Noviello, P.E., L.S. in Carmel, NY
Mr. Noviello is an attorney-at-law, a professional engineer, and land surveyor who enjoys teaching.  He has taught real property law, survey law and, more recently, alpine skiing.  Mr. Noviello received his Masters of Engineering degree; his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, with honors; and his AAS degree in Engineering, all from Rochester Institute of Technology.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.  Mr. Noviello has maintained a professional engineering firm and general practice law firms since 1984, and he has practiced land surveying since 1991, ten years in industry and six years in government.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Noviello is a New York and Connecticut-licensed land surveyor.  He holds law licenses in the New York State Courts, the US Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Court for the State of New Jersey.

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.