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Presenter: J. Cole Helfrich and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Springfield, IL

Crowne Plaza Springfield
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: 217-529-7777

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                      8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session:              8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 5:00 pm

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Easements  E. D. McNamara Jr.

   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

Creating and Managing Highway Rights-of-Way  J. Cole Helfrich

   Identifying potential rights-of-way
   Rights included in right-of-way
   Maintenance of right-of-way
   Negotiating and valuing easements
   Landowner rights
   Alterations and encroachments

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way  J. Cole Helfrich  

   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
   Condemnation law
   Current issues involving utility easements
   Environmental issues

Eminent Domain Law and Condemnation Practice J. Cole Helfrich

   Understanding eminent domain powers
      • Source of eminent domain powers
      • History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
      • Types of eminent domain “takings” 
   Just compensation: valuing “taken” property
   Privatization of eminent domain and other current issues
   Participating in the condemnation process
      • Hearing and right of appeal
      • Valuing the property taken
   Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use

Trespass, Adverse Possession and Other Unauthorized Access to Land  J. Cole Helfrich

   Elements of civil trespass to land
   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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 Illinois CLE Hours
     7.0 Indiana CLE Hours  
     8.0 Wisconsin CLE Hours 
       (1.0 EPR)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. This course offers 7.0 PDHs to Illinois professional engineers and land surveyors. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

Engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Illinois MCLE Board has approved this course for 7.0 MCLE general credit hours for attorneys.

This course has been approved for 7.0 CLE hours for Indiana attorneys and 8.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 EPR credit, for Wisconsin attorneys.

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.


J. Cole Helfrich

Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C.

Mr. Helfrich first picked up a plumb bob in 1971 for Webster & Associates. From tape-and-transit to GPS, mortgage surveys to shopping centers, he has his seal on well over a billion dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 22 counties in Illinois. Mr. Helfrich has enjoyed working with countless prominent developers, attorneys and other professionals in the field and the office. His specialties include real estate law, boundaries and boundary law, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances and servitudes, statutory and common-law plats, ALTA surveys, topography, building and site layout, construction- and project-management as well as land development consulting. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association. For the last 23 years he has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. in Geneva.

Edward D. McNamara Jr.

McNamara & Evans

Mr. McNamara is an attorney who practices in transportation, public utilities, and civil litigation. He was born in Springfield and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1968, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois in 1969, and U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in 1972. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1965 and received his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1968. Mr. McNamara is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Sangamon County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association, where he is chair of the Public Utilities & Transportation Law Section Council. He is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Joint Committee on Illinois Commerce Commission Rules of Practice. He is a member of the Vermilion County and the Sangamon County bar associations, the Illinois State Bar’s Section on Public Utilities and Transportation Law, and the Transportation Lawyers Association.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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