The Doctrine of “Straight Forewardism”
One of the more “Bad” doctrines of of deed interpretation, is the doctrine of “Straightforewardism”.
Part of the SE1/4-SW1/4, S-T-R
Begin at the SE corner of the SE1/4-SW1/4, run north 570′;
East 210′ to POB.
Surveyor, or “Practitioner” gets on TRUE north, goes those dimensions. Resulting that he partially runs over into the SW1/4-SE1/4, at the NE corner, And, leaves a sliver at the SW corner, where he does NOT go all the way to the south line of the SE1/4-SW1/4.
He has “Followed the deed” Literally… ignoring the fact that he should go with the 40 lines, and section lines, and parallel with those as well.
Another example, is where deed says:
Part of the SW1/4-SW1/4 desc as follows:
East 500′; N500′; W 500′; S500′, and the deed to the east says:
Begin at the SW corner of said SW1/4-SW1/4;
E 500 to POB; N 500′; E820′; S500′; W820′ to POB
the SW1/4-SW1/4 is SHORT EW of the assumed 1320′, and it is 1298′.
So, the SURVEYOR runs over into the SE1/4-SW1/4 by about 22′.
I’m saying that being too straightforeward in your approach, ignores reality.
We are supposed to always look beyond the straightforward approach, and see the whole picture.
I’m sure that most of you other fellow surveyors could contribute your story, where somebody went “Straightforward” instead of into the truth of the issue.
I’ve been GUILTY of being too straightforward myself. Missed an important detail.
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