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Ethics III



Ethics III – 1.5 Contact Hours
In this edition, the ethics of providing cheap slip-shod services is under the microscope. The case-in-chief is Kendall v. Lowther, Iowa 1984. In this case the land surveyor provided cheap “location surveys” and “legal descriptions,” apparently without conducting actual on-the-ground surveys only to find out that, despite claiming to have warned his client to the contrary, the client relied on these “penny-wise and pound-foolish” services to convey property. The resulting mess sent all of the parties to court. The NSPS “Surveyor’s Creed and Canons” is, once again, utilized as a barometer by which to measure the actions of the parties involved, especially those of the surveyor. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 12 pages. This 14-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter, the case-in-chief and the “Surveyor’s Creed and Canons.”

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