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Presenter: Richard Fox and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Burlington, VT

Doubletree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
870 Williston Road
Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: 802-865-6600

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (And on the Ground)
B. Holden

   Interpreting land descriptions
      - Metes and bounds
   Closure – Precision vs. accuracy
      - Types of surveys
         • Staff compass & chain
         • Transit & tape, stadia, EDM
         • Compass & tape
         • Total station
         • GPS
      - Bearing reference
         • Magnetic north & declination
         • True & astronomic north
         • Grid north
         • Compass attraction
      - Town lotting maps
         • Sources
         • Referencing a town Lot
      - Writing descriptions
         • Dos & don’ts
         • Tax maps & parcel data
   Boundary location - Evidence & procedures
      - Records
      - Physical evidence
      - Parol evidence
      - Maps, surveys & sketches
      - Interpreting a written description and locating it on the ground
   Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)
      - E911
      - Vermont ANR Atlas
      - VCGI
   Solving land description and boundary location problems

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements
R. Fox

   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
A. Lorraine

   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
R. Fox

   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
R. Fox

   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

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

   7.0 Vermont CLE Hours
   8.0 New York CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
   7.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors
   7.0 Vermont CEUs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 CLE hours to Vermont attorneys. HalfMoon Education Inc. is an accredited CLE provider in Vermont.

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

This course offers 7.0 PDHs to Vermont professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

The Vermont Board of Land Surveyors has approved this course for 7.0 CEUs.

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.


Richard Fox

Founder of Richard J Fox PLLC in Shelburne
Mr. Fox is a Vermont native and a graduate of Charlotte Centra lSchool and Champlain Valley Union High School.  After leaving Vermont to attend Rutgers University and George Washington University Law School, Richard practiced law in Washington DC and Boston before returning to Vermont in 2004.  He has been elected by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, to the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Vermont Rising Stars list (for attorneys under the age of 40) and is a featured presenter at national andlocal continuing legal education (CLE) seminars on construction law, real estate law, landlord-tenant law, and title insurance for such providers of legal and professional education as the National Business Institute™, Lorman Education Services®, Institute for Paralegal Education™, Sterling Education Services,and NorthCap Educational Services.  Mr. Fox lives in Shelburne with his wife and family, and when he is not serving his clients, he serves his community in a variety of roles.

Bradford Holden, L.S.

in Underhill
Mr. Holden is a seventh generation Vermonter who was raised in Underhill.  He graduated from Paul Smith’s College of Artsand Sciences in 1988 with a degree in Land Surveying; he was licensed by the State of Vermont in 2000 and is currently the sole proprietor of a land surveying consulting business located in Underhill.  Mr Holden has served on the Executive Committee of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors and in that capacity served on multiple legislative advisory committees and represented Vermont throughout New England.  He has volunteered his time in local government and continues to be an advisor to many surrounding municipalities.  In his free time, Mr. Holden enjoys Vermont history, mountain biking and backcountry skiing.

Annette Lorraine

Attorney and owner of Annette Lorraine, PLC in Montpelier
Ms. Lorraine is an attorney licensed in Vermont and experienced in a variety of real estate matters, land conservation and related tax matters, nonprofits, small business, and other general practice areas.  She is an approved attorney with Stewart Title Guaranty Co.  Ms. Lorraine earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of San Francisco and her JD/MSEL degree from the Vermont School of Law.  She lives in the northeast kingdom area of Vermont surrounded by trees, moose, frogs and other critters.  She serves on her town selectboard, and fancies herself a weekend painter.

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.