Land surveys are critical components of real estate transactions, land use and development, and boundary disputes. Surveys confirm the location and size of a property, in addition to the location of improvements, encroachments, easements, set-back lines and so much more. Yet many aspects of surveys are a mystery to attorneys. Do you know what surveys are trying to tell you about the property in question? This guide will show you how surveys are conducted, how to review them and how to resolve common issues that arise. Get the comprehensive knowledge you need to spot, avoid and resolve problems - order today!
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BRIAN FISCHER is with THD Design Group and has more than 30 years of experience in the survey field, preforming a variety of survey types for residential, municipal, commercial, industrial, and government agency clients. He has experience in survey instrumentation and computer aided drafting (CAD) programs, as well as office and survey programs such as Trimble Office, Carlson and Civil 3D. His management experience includes overseeing drafting and field crews, as well as a branch office for an oil and gas services firm in southeast Texas. Mr. Fischer holds professional land surveyors licenses in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, and Texas.
MICHAEL J. PALLAMARY is the president of Pallamary & Associates of La Jolla. He is a founding member of the Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards and a recognized expert on “Standard of Care” defenses and litigation matters. He is the author of The Curt Brown Chronicles, along with Lay of the Land, and the co-author of Advanced Land Descriptions written with the late Paul Cuomo and the late Roy Minnick. Mr. Pallamary is also the co-author of History of San Diego Land Surveying Experiences with the late Curtis M. Brown. He writes two monthly columns for The American Surveyor magazine. His most recent article on the United States Supreme Court decree on the boundary between the federal government and the state of California has generated considerable discussion regarding the proper methods to be employed in establishing water boundaries. Mr. Pallamary has performed numerous boundary surveys along the California coastline and is actively involved in contested matters from Coronado to Half Moon Bay. Mr. Pallamary was established and mapped out littoral lines throughout Southern California, the majority of which are located in La Jolla, California. He has also established riparian lines in Laguna Niguel and Malibu. Mr. Pallamary has extensive experience as an expert witness in local, regional and federal courts testifying as to the preparation and interpretation of land survey maps, water boundaries, and related areas of practice. He has testified in more than 75 trials and has been retained as an expert witness in more than 100 cases across the state of California. Mr. Pallamary has been in the land surveying profession since 1971 and he is a frequent lecturer at conferences, seminars and universities.
WILLIAM A. SLOVER is of counsel to the firm Lanciano & Associates, LLC, in Pennington, New Jersey. His practice concentrates on real property disputes, title insurance claims and real estate litigation. He is New Jersey state underwriting counsel for Security Title Guarantee Corporation of Baltimore. He also acts as a consultant to, and expert witness for, counsel involved in title litigation and related real estate disputes. Since 2009, Mr. Slover has been an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers Law School, teaching a three-credit course entitled “Real Estate Transactions." Mr. Slover received his J.D. degree from George Mason University and his B.A. degree from George Washington University. He is a member of the bars of New Jersey, Virginia and the District of Columbia.