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Ethics XVIII



Ethics XVIII – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Lawler and Company v. Hare, Alabama Court of Appeals, 1991. Lawler and Company provided Hare with a survey of her property based on an oral contract. The problem became that the surveying services were offered out of a satellite office managed by an unlicensed party chief, in violation of state surveying law which requires all offices offering surveying services to have a resident land surveyor. The licensed surveyor was 100 miles and 2 hours away, in the main office in Mobile. Things got complicated when Hare refused to pay the $5,000 invoice Lawler and Company sent her for services rendered and she refused to pay because the work had not been performed by a licensed land surveyor. A simple fee dispute turned into a lot more creating ethical problems for the surveyor and his firm. The National Society of Professional Surveyor’s (NSPS) “Surveyor’s Creed and Canons” is the barometer for measuring the ethics in the case. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 4 pages. This is a 6-Page document with a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter, the Creed and Canons, and the case-in-chief.

OBJECTIVES: To present everyday professional ethical issues based on actual court cases and opinions, resulting in real consequences for the professional(s) and the other parties involved.