Missouri Land and Water Law: Ownership and Access
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Friday, February 17, 2023
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST (including a 60-min. break)
Russell W. Olsen, PLS
William R. Wurm
Zachary T. Buchheit
John T. Banjak
Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground)
Interpreting land descriptions
• Metes and bounds
• Lot and block
• Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions
Applying principles of boundary location
• Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys
• Locating the described land on a map
• Locating the described land on the ground
• Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)
Solving land description and boundary location problems
Identifying, Classifying and Locating Private Easements
What is and is not an easement
Reviewing Missouri law on easements
Creating easements: easements by necessity, easements by use, written easements
Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements
Knowing when and how to terminate easements
Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction
Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession
Reviewing the history of adverse possession in Missouri
Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
Statute of limitations
Elements of a claim
Defending against a claim for adverse possession
Examining recent eminent domain cases
Resolving Boundary Disputes
Types of boundary disputes
Obtaining and using boundary evidence
• Legal descriptions, natural monuments, artificial monuments, adjoining boundaries, surveys and maps, statements and testimony
Methods for establishing boundaries
Role of title insurance coverage
Understanding Riparian Rights and Access to Surface Water
History and development of riparian rights
Determining land boundaries near the water line
Determining access rights to surface waters
Limitations on rights to surface waters
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7.2 CLE Hours
Title Insurance Agents/Adjusters:
6.0 CE Credits
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers in Missouri.
This course has been approved by the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects for 6.0 PDUs for land surveyors.
This course has been approved by the Missouri Bar MCLE Department for 7.2 total CLE hours (course ID 710702).
This course has been approved by the Missouri Department of Insurance for 6.0 CE credits (course ID 17007817).
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).
John T. Banjak
John T. Banjak is a principal and general counsel of True Title Company, LLC, a full-service residential and commercial title agency based in St. Louis, Missouri, and managing member of Banjak & Associates, a law firm specializing in real estate, business transactions and estate planning. John earned his B.S. degree in Finance from Indiana University and his J.D. Law from Washington University in St. Louis. He has extensive experience in all facets of the title insurance & real estate industries from a legal, title underwriting and consulting standpoint. Before opening True Title in 2012, John served as president and general counsel for three reputable St. Louis title agencies and as regional underwriting counsel for a national title insurance underwriter. He also served as senior vice president and general counsel for Pulaski Bank. Prior to entering the title insurance field, John worked as a private practice attorney and as an assistant attorney general for the state of Missouri. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri & Illinois and is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Zachary T. Buchheit
Zachary T. Buchheit is an associate at Stinson LLP’s St. Louis office. His practice focuses broadly on commercial litigation, and he is actively involved in matters touching on real estate, government contracts, intellectual property, employment law, product liability, class actions, and financial services. Mr. Buchheit is licensed in Missouri, and he previously practiced as a civil litigator for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.
Russell W. Olsen, PLSEngineering Design Source, Inc.,
Russell W. Olsen, is a Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm based in Chesterfield, Missouri. Mr. Olsen has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional land surveyor, beginning in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is currently licensed as a land surveyor in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He has been fortunate to have worked on numerous Highway Department/Department of Transportation horizontal and vertical control surveys, land acquisition and topographic surveys, County Transportation Department Plats of Highway, and Municipal Highway Department surveys. Mr. Olsen is currently enrolled in the University of Maine Graduate School in the MS-Surveying Engineering Technology Program. He has a BA in Mathematical Sciences. Mr. Olsen has presented seminars and webinars previously with HalfMoon Education on topics including Law and Ethics of Illinois Land Surveying; Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground); Complying with Minimum Standards of Practice; Handling Ethical Issues in Land Surveying Practice; Complying with the Illinois Plat Act; Complying with National Society of Professional Surveyors Creed and Canons.
William R. Wurm
William R. Wurm is an Associate at Stinson LLP’s St. Louis office. His national practice focuses on commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate and title. Mr. Wurm is licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and California, allowing him to serve his client’s needs across the country. Mr. Wurm has practiced in house for the nation’s largest title insurance company, as well as multiple, national and international law firms.