Adversity in Action – Understanding Adverse Possession

Adversity in Action – Understanding Adverse Possession


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Adversity in Action – Understanding Adverse Possession


Attend via Live Interactive Webinar

2 PDUs

Date: Sunday April 7, 2024

Time: 8:30am to 10:30 pm EST

This program is appropriate for Engineers and Land Surveyors

We are approved provider by:

NJ Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
New York Board of Professional Engineers , Sponsor # 201  beginning 2/1/2018 to 1/31/2027
Florida Board of Professional Engineers: Laws and Rules and Ethics, Provider number 007543 (Ethics) 0010489
Florida Board of Professional Engineers: CE provider Provider number 0007543
Maryland Board for Professional Engineers

Course Description:

All the colorful descriptors for adverse possession (open, notorious, hostile, exclusive, continuous) just scratch the surface of this means of claiming title to land. What gives rise to this claim, how is it pursued, and what is its effect on either clarifying or further muddying the chain of title? Is there a difference between adverse possession claims and trespassing? Is it true that there can be no adverse claims against a governmental entity?

After examining some history of this doctrine, statutes and case law will help us better understand it and the role of surveyors in supporting or refuting adverse claims.

All our programs are APPROVED FOR PDUs

We do not charge a registration fee on Tuition

The objective of the program is to include participants in debate about practical application of the legal aspects of land acquisition, road location and width, and use of roads, whether those roads are public or private.

Location or relocation, free or restricted access, centerline or sideline: all of these aspects of roads affect the work of both boundary and construction surveyors. After a brief history of roads and road building in the US, we will investigate the creation of public and private terrestrial passage, the entities that control them, the rights of abutting owners, and the extinguishing of those same corridors for transportation.

A brief history of road development in the US
Definitions of terms related to roads: highway, public road, private road, abandonment, vacation, reservation, exception, necessity, convenience
5th and 14th Amendment rights, state constitutional rights for “just compensation”
Federal and state statutory definitions and agency regulations affecting roads and highways
Common law and statutory law applications in court cases
Agency contact list


Wendy Lathrop, PLS,CFM president and owner of Cadastral Consulting, is licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and as a Professional Planner in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy, and has been involved in surveying since 1974 in projects ranging from construction to boundary to environmental land use disputes. Wendy is also a Certified Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM).

A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, Wendy has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching seminars for surveyors since 1986 and has been writing articles for surveyors since 1983. Wendy is a contributing editor for “The American Surveyor” magazine, and has four articles included in the American Bar Association’s text, Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals. She and Stephen V. Estopinal, PLS, PE recently completed co–authoring a book entitled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Wendy represented the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (now the National Society of Professional Surveyors) on the first Technical Mapping Advisory Council to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the five years of that advisory group’s appointment, and presently represents the National Society of Professional Surveyors on the current Technical Mapping Advisory Council. She was a panel member of the National Academy of Public Administration’s study of US Geographic Information resources and of the National Research Council’s study of flood hazard mapping accuracy. Wendy is a past President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and of the National Society of Professional Surveyors, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.

Requirements to attend a live webinar:

You will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer to view it. If using a smartphone or tablet, it is best to have the app for the program on your device (i.e. Zoom) To verify your continued attendance during the class, you will need a microphone, webcam or the ability to type into the program’s live chat.
Instructors or school personnel will take attendance periodically throughout the class.
Instructors may call on participants.
To verify attendance, a code word may be given sometime during the class.
You will be required to complete and return an evaluation after the course has ended. The evaluation may ask what code word was given.
You may not receive your Certificate of Completion if we cannot verify your attendance.

Webinar invitations are emailed to registered students one day prior to the class.

Certificates of Completion are emailed to students approximately 5 business days after the course.


Live Webinar: Sunday April 7, 2024 Time: 8:30am to 10:30am