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James M. Anderson

- Registered Land Surveyor
- Registered in Georgia and South Carolina
- Graduate of Southern Technical Institute, 1975
- 32 Years Experience
- Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia Director, 1999-2001

Established in 1978, Anderson & Associates has provided services in Georgia and South Carolina. We specialize in Boundary, Topographical, ALTA, and Loan Surveys. We also perform GPS Mapping and Wetland locating. Our company has GPS and Robotic equipment for more efficient working time. We keep a firm grasp on the shirt tail of technology, always trying to keep pace with it. Our company will perform surveying for you above the standard anytime.

Contact Information
Phone: 912-764-2002
Fax: 912-489-6635
Address: 104 Oak Street
  Statesboro, GA 30458
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Surveying Questions Answered by Jim Anderson »
Section: Surveying
Q:  Where do I find Records of Survey?
A:  Plats of property are and have been recorded in "Plat Books" kept in the county the property is located in. These plat books are stored in the records of the Clerk of Superior Court located in the County Court house. Some older plats were recorded in Deed Books, and some were recorded in the Probate Court's record books. The Georgia Superior Court Clerk's Cooperative Authority now displays (www.gsccca.org) all plats submitted today on their web site. Many counties are going back and scanning the older plats in the plat books, and adding them to the Clerk's web site. Surveyors are required to submit digital copies of all plats today for recording, along with paper copies. Some really old records may only be found in the Georgia Archives in Atlanta. Plats are sometimes indexed in the Grantor indexes in the Clerk's records and some counties have "Plat Book Indexes". Thank you for the question and if you need some help, give us a call.

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Section: Surveying
Q:  MY FENCE HAS BEEN IN POSITION FOR OVER 20 YEARS. BUT A NEIGHBORS SURVEY PLACES IT SEVERAL FEET INTO THEIR YARD. ISN'T THERE A LAW THAT SAYS THE FENCE IS THE BOUNDARY AFTER SO MANY YEARS?
A:  The process you are referring to is called "adverse possession". This process has several characteristics that have to be met so title to the property can be claimed. The claim to the land has to be continuous, hostile, open, and not permissive. Taking title to property by "adverse possession" is not as easy as it may sound, but t it does happen. The process takes 20 years without a deed. Taking title to property by "adverse possession "is a complex issue and should be discussed with your surveyor and more than likely your attorney's advice on how to perfect the title would be needed as well. I appreciate the question.

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Section: Surveying
Q:  MY FENCE HAS BEEN IN POSITION FOR OVER 20 YEARS. BUT A NEIGHBORS SURVEY PLACES IT SEVERAL FEET INTO THEIR YARD. ISN'T THERE A LAW THAT SAYS THE FENCE IS THE BOUNDARY AFTER SO MANY YEARS?
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Section: Surveying
Q:  What if I disagree with a survey that has been done by another company?
A:  Surveyors do not establish property lines, people do , by their acceptance or rejection of the lines that are marked and claimed by adjacent landowners.   Property title or ownership is a very complex subject.  Property boundary disputes have been going on for centuries.  If you do not agree with where a surveyor may mark your property line, I would first contact that surveyor, and ask them to explain the basis for where they marked the line.  That explanation may clear up the problem.  If after meeting with the surveyor who marked the line, you still have disagreement, you may want to consult another surveyor and ask his opinion.  He will need all of your plats, and the neighbor's plats.  There could still be some technical misunderstanding that your surveyor could better explain.  If your surveyor agrees with you that there is a problem with where the first surveyor marked the line, I would suggest that all parties meet and try to resolve the problem , possibly with a compromise.  If there is too much difference in the two solutions, it may be time for you and your surveyor to consult an attorney.  The differences may be from a title issue that occurred many years earlier, or it could be an adverse claim on your property, or it could be that some errors were made on the earlier surveys of your property, or the adjacent owner's property.  In most instances I would advise you to try to work through the differences by compromise , but if that is not a possible solution, you may end up in court trying to let a judge and jury decide who actually has title to the land in question.  Going to court can be very expensive, time consuming, and taxing on the parties involved, and you have no guarantee you will win the dispute. 

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Section: Surveying
Q:  Are subdivision lots typically marked on all four corners with some sort of monument or is it just the subdivision as a whole? I have two iron fence posts marking the front of my lot but the back of my lot is in the woods. Would there typically be any markings or monuments located there?
A: 

It is a requirement in the State of Georgia that property corners be marked with monuments of a permanent material.   Surveyors use various materials for monuments, but normally in subdivisions iron pins, usually re-bar, are placed at the corners.  The current law requires that the iron pins be at least 1/2" in diameter and have a plastic cap placed on top of the rebar bearing the name and registration number of the surveyor who placed the pin.  Most of the time, the iron pins are not left sticking up very much above the ground in subdivisions, so they will not be hit by lawn mowers and destroyed.  If some of the corners are in the woods, they should still be monumented with iron corners or sometimes concrete monuments are placed.  If you cannot easily find the corners, that does not necessarily mean they are not there.  They could be below grade, or just hidden by brush.  Surveyors can usually find them if they are there using the various tools they have.  If the corner has been destroyed, the Surveyor can take the plat of record, and with his tools , replace the missing corner. 


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