justice-smiles-red-large.pngOn Thursday, January 19th, yours truly is being given the opportunity to speak to the Washington State Section of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (“WSS – ACSM”). The topic write-up is this:

Last year the Washington State legislature changed the law of adverse possession by giving courts discretion to award (1) reasonable attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party; and (2) taxes for ‘lost land’ to the title holder, the county assessor or both as deemed appropriate.

Robert W. Zierman, Esq., who practices boundary dispute law and authors the blog www.boundarydisputelaw.com, will provide insight on the legislative process and its result. He will suggest how the new law may increase both settlements and gamesmanship. Most importantly he predicts the new law will shift claims away from adverse possession to alternative boundary claim methods. Finally, he explains that for surveyors this will likely result in more dueling surveys.

Should you be interested in attending, don’t eat dinner as it will be served. So, consider blocking out 3 hours from 6:00 to 9:00 at Pogacha Restaurant and Bar located at 120 NW Gillman Blvd in Issaquah (425.392.5550).

If you are game, cost is $30 and you should reserve ahead by calling Nick Fifarek at 206.427.1925 or sending an email to secretary@wss-acsm.com. I would love to see you there.justice-smiles-red.png

Update 2012.02.02: Because snow came down in overabundance the day of original scheduling, this program has been postponed to Thursday, 2012.02.16. All esle remains the same.