Real Property Descriptions:   Situational Awareness : Live Interactive Webinar

Real Property Descriptions:   Situational Awareness : Live Interactive Webinar


We Never Charge a Registration Fee, only a Class Tuition Fee

This Class is a live interactive webinar: it will not be taped

you will need an i-phone, i-pad, lap top, or desk top to view it.  You do not need a microphone or webcam.

Webinar links are emailed one day prior to the class date.

Date: Thursday September 23, 2021

Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm 

4 Professional Development Units 

Our classes are always approved before we offer them: 

We are approved provider by:

  • NJ Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (Land Surveyor Classes are individually Approved)
  • New York Board of Professional Engineers, Sponsor # 201  beginning 2/1/2018 to 1/31/2023
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers: Laws and Rules and Ethics, Provider number 0007543 (Ethics) 0010489
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers: CE provider Provider number 0007543
  • Maryland Board for Professional Engineers


Real Property Descriptions:   Situational Awareness 

Course Summary:

As readers of documents that address every aspect of land – its location, its character, its physical dimensions – surveyors, title examiners, and attorneys must all be intimately familiar with the variety of possible interpretations and misinterpretations.  Strange and unusual things happen when language is not clear and the law is therefore misapplied.

Real property boundary descriptions must be clear, concise, and preserve all the evidence pertaining to the location of real property interests.  When these documents are missing, incomplete, or ambiguously written, we play a losing game of forensics in locating limited and full ownership interests on, above, or below the earth’s surface.

This course examines the real property description in the context of time and custom, illustrated with case law examples of the effects of regional language and surveying practice.  Our objective is to improve the documents we write and to better understand existing documents we encounter.


Instructor: Wendy Lathrop

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.