Smith and Jones easement
My client needs an easement, starting on Smith’s property and crossing 300′ to my client’s east line. Simple easy.
I’m sent an easement description and drawing already complete. Done a few years ago, it starts on a township line for the easement and heads NW to my clients east line. This is Jones land on the drawings.
They did not prepare an easement for the Smith lands south of the township for some reason.
I just need to do the Smith part; so I figure. Then a little research and the Jones easement was drawn, written, but never filed.
I dig a bit further, looking for any easements or indication that the work was done.
I look on the GIS (my first mistake I guess) and it shows what is labeled as the Jones property, on the drawing sent to me, north of the township as being Smith. I begin to put the description on the property and don’t see that Smith is the owner where the pipeline is, but they do own north of the township line near the pipeline but not over it, at least the deed I have doesn’t give them that land. I take the Jones description and it describes the SE4SW4 where the pipe is with 14 long winded metes and bounds exceptions. It would take at least most of an afternoon to put them together for this little easement. So I go digging, long ago we had done some work in the area and I dig through that file and find a layout of the awful deed. All color coded, seems there was a need to figure it out for of all things a conservation easement. Probably took most of an entire day.
And yes it is Jones north of the township line, not Smith. I’ve seen some mistakes on the GIS but this one is big, at least 25 acres and there is no reason for it. Add to that conservation easements and one might imagine how messy it could get. Mapping seems to be a big deal to those people.
I hate things like this, you look for something that doesn’t exist and you can waste an infinite amount of time.
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