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You raise several questions which are best ansewered by persons familar with land surveying in Texas and their standards of practice.
Your last two sentences are a good summation of your comments and questions.
Your explanations and questions appear to support the need for ethics education as a continuing education requirment.
As qualification for my comments - I practiced, in Texas, as a land surveyor and civil engineer for over 40 years.
I leave with this simple thought "if you think something is not right or question the legal nature of the activity, it probably is not ethical".
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