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Boundaries and Easements

Presenter: Michael B. Davis

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Jessup, MD

Holiday Inn Columbia East
7900 Washington Blvd.
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: 410-799-7500

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
      • Do’s 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 Maryland 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 in Maryland
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
      • Statute of limitation
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Examining recent eminent domain 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

Avoiding, Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues in Land Transactions and Disputes

   Conflicts of interest: identifying your client
   What duties do you owe, and to whom do you owe them?
   Do you need to maintain confidentiality, and for whom?
   Complying with your professional responsibility for honesty and truthfulness
   Practicing only in areas of competence
   Ethical solicitation of business
   Taking referrals from other professionals

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Title Insurance Professionals

     Non-Credit Maryland CLE
     6.5 Virginia CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)

Professional Land Surveyors
     6.5 CPC Hours (Category A)

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPC Hours (Category A)

Title Insurance Producers
     8.0 Maryland Title CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a non-credit CLE opportunity to Maryland attorneys. It has been approved for 6.5 Virginia CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, for attorneys.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CPC provider for Maryland professional land surveyors and engineers, and this course offers 6.5 Category A CPC hours. Land surveyors plan to spend an extra 15 minutes after the program to take a written exam.

The Maryland Insurance Administration has approved this seminar for 8.0 Title continuing education hours for insurance producers.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. 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.


Michael B. Davis

Professional Land Surveyor with Dewberry
Mr. Davis is a professional land surveyor in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, with over 30 years of experience. This varied experience includes small individual boundary surveys, surveys for both commercial and residential land development projects, ALTA Land Title Surveys, and surveys for long range transportation projects, including rail and highway. In addition, Mr. Davis is an adjunct faculty professor at the Community College of Baltimore County in the Surveying/Civil Engineering program. Classes taught include Elementary Surveying, Topographic Mapping, Sediment Control and Hydrology, and Storm Drain Design.

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.