My client has authorized the release of this material to any interested parties.
This is an actual situation which I see on a daily basis.
The client contacted me wanting a survey performed on his property. We contracted to survey only Lot 1. This is what we found.
6610 Cochran Street.
http://www.hcad.org/iMaps/Tiles/Color/5460C10.pdf Part of it appears here on the upper right hand corner of the Tax mosaic.
http://www.hcad.org/iMaps/Tiles/Color/5460C11.pdf Part of it appears here on the upper left hand corner of the Tax mosaic.
You can get a Google image by searching the address in the maps.
I had an opportunity to present this material so I thought that I would give other Land Surveyors a chance to see what I see all the time. Some Land Surveyors think this type of thing is "small potatoes". Seeing the expression on my client's face when they realize what I have done for them is what makes this worthwhile for me, I don't care what anyone says.
If you don't look, you will not find it. If you don't find it then you are not providing your client with the service and product they need and deserve.
The client has retained a Lawyer in this case but I see little chance of it being litigated. This is one of the reasons why I decided this material should be shown.
I hope you enjoy it and I hope that you have enjoyed my "fictional" tales in the past.
Deward "Karl" Bowles
Update 9/7/2013: Was able to contact the Heirs of the original Grantor. They agreed to sign a Correction Deed for no charge. My client hired a Lawyer who prepared the paperwork. They executed the Correction Deed and my client hired me to perform a new Land Survey of the subject tract that now included the area left out of the original Deed to my client.
The original grant to the adjoiner to the South (who filed the Affidavit of Possession and Ownership) by the common Grantor of both properties (the adjoiner and the subject tract) included a clause retaining a 7' strip along the northerly line of the adjoiner (abutting my clients property) for exclusive use by the Grantor and/or their assigns as a "driveway" which I did not notice when I prepared the original Land Survey of the subject tract above.
This means not only was the client able to cure his Title issues but he also gained a 7' easement strip across his neighbor's land. I am certain the neighbor now regrets ever trying to steal my client's land by filing the Affidavit of Ownership and Possession.
This Content Originally Published by a land surveyor to Land Surveyors United Network