Legal-Ease: Where exactly is my property line?

While it would seem that real estate should be objective, sometimes it can be subjective or inconsistent. Boundary lines should be easy to measure, but as recently as even a century ago, property descriptions used trees and other items to explain where a property line was.

Now, boundary markers are metal pins or spikes that are deeply buried and then later findable with a metal detector. However, these pins can move and shift due to weather as well as excavation or farming.

Some things in this world should be objective. Objective things can be measured against a standard, recognized benchmark. For instance, we objectively know that a plant is not a person and vice versa. We know that an hour consists of 60 minutes, and a square mile includes 640 acres.

However, issues that should be objective can sometimes be inconsistent or subjective. Real estate is a classic case of something that should be objective but sometimes requires investigation or clarification to become objective and unobjectionable.

Read more about identifying property lines in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Where exactly is my property line?

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Where exactly is my property line?” by Lee R. Schroeder, December 16, 2017

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. 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.

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