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Presenter: J Cole Helfrich

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Naperville, IL

Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-505-4900

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 - 4:00 pm

Working with Metes and Bounds Descriptions

   Basic land description concepts: distances, directions, circular curves, 
      mathematical closure, state plane coordinates
   Reading a metes and bounds description
   Writing a description
   Drawing a description
   Software for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Working with the U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS)

   PLSS basics: meridians, baselines, ranges, townships, sections
   Public Land Survey System (PLSS) in Illinois
   Aliquot parts
   “Part of” descriptions
   Reading a PLSS description
   Writing a description
   Drawing a description
   Software/websites for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Illinois Plat Act

   Duties under Plat Act
   Certification and recording
   Affidavits and exceptions
   Reading and locating platted descriptions
   Writing a description
   Drawing a description
   Software/websites for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Describing Land Rights in Special Situations

   Describing riparian boundaries
   Describing mineral rights and surface land rights

Describing Rights to Access Land

   Private easements
   Utility easements
   Utility rights-of-way
   Public rights-of-way

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Engineers &
Land Surveyors
     6.0 PDHs

     6.0 Illinois CLE Hours
     6.0 Indiana CLE Hours
     7.0 Wisconsin CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors licensed in Illinois. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

Professional engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credit in other states for this course 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 6.0 MCLE general credit hours for attorneys.

This course is approved for 6.0 CLE credit hours in the subject area of Real Property for Indiana attorneys and 7.0 CLE hours 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, Illinois.

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.