Legal-Ease: do I need a survey?

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Transferring ownership of land can be time-consuming, costly and complicated. While surveying in the early days of our country was done with less precision than today, the various uses of a piece of property might still necessitate that a new survey be conducted.

Transferring land (giving, selling or even changing the owner’s name for land) has many requirements. These requirements can take days, weeks, or even months to complete before the government will allow a parcel of land to be transferred to someone else. The biggest issue usually relates to the property’s description. Is the property to be transferred described adequately?

If the transfer will not adequately identify the property (kept or transferred), a new survey will be required. Sometimes, that survey will even include surveying some land that will not be transferred.

Read Lee’s full article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Do I need a survey?

Source:, Legal-Ease: Do I need a survey? by Lee R. Schroeder, March 14, 2015

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