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Presenter: J. Cole Helfrich

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Seminar Location: Online

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Land Law for Illinois Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Day One
Monday, August 24, 2020 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT (incl. a 15-min. break)

Boundary Law

   Understanding basic principles of boundary law
      • Determine the intent of the grantor
      • Follow the steps of the original surveyor
   Evaluating boundary evidence: legal descriptions, natural monuments,
      artificial monuments, adjoining boundaries, surveys and maps,
      statements and testimony
   Methods for resolving boundary disputes

The Law of Easements

   Understanding the legal concept of easements
      • Types of easements
   Creating easements
      • Drafting easements
   Terminating easements

Land Use Law

   Understanding land use law
   Subdivision platting
   Handling land use approvals
   Understanding conservation easements
   Comprehensive planning
   Restrictive covenants/deed restrictions
      • Plats
      • Re-zoning, including PUD, PD, SUP, CUP
      • Variances, special exceptions
   Interpretations/appeal of staff decisions
   Administrative appeals

Land Law for Illinois Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, Day Two
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

   Understanding eminent domain powers
      • Source of eminent domain powers
      • History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
      • Types of eminent domain “takings”
   Participating in the condemnation process
   Appealing a condemnation decision
   Understanding regulatory “takings” and inverse condemnation

Understanding Adverse Possession

   The history of adverse possession
   Case law on adverse possession
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
   Statutory law
      • Statute of limitations
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Practical location of boundaries
   Determining rights to groundwater
   Overview of regulations restricting access to and use of surface
      water and groundwater

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Professional Engineers:
     6.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors:
     6.0 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar 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 apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Course completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the webinar in its entirety, respond to all the verification prompts during the instruction, and earn a score of 80% on the quiz that follows the instruction (multiple attempts allowed).


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: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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