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Deed Interpretation IV



Deed Interpretation IV – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Violante v. Village of Brady Lake, Ohio Court of Appeals 2012. In 1966, surveyor Bowen surveyed a property along the shore of Brady Lake in the Village of Brady Lake, Portage County, Ohio. In doing so, and for unknown reasons, Bowen re-wrote the description of the waterfront property with a new metes and bounds, bounded at every corner with an “iron pipe,” no mention whatsoever of Brady Lake or the shoreline. Bowen’s map of survey depicted a shoreline with “several sketched, rounded lines” just beyond the limits of the called-for iron pipes. Forty years later Violante, the current owner of the property faces the real possibility that he is no longer a riparian property owner. This case studies the interpretation of written documents, such as property descriptions, and the perils and pitfalls of re-writing legal descriptions. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 17 pages. This 19-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the attached case.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.