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Q: I hired a surveyor to survey my 11 acres and he surveyed it to my neighbors statement. Now I lost 4 acres. Is this legal

My deed states I own 13.5 acres 2.5 is where my house sits and other 11 is field and woodlands. The surveyor spoke to neighbor and neighbor has been cutting back of my woods for years. And surveyor says he'll be out his property and only did a brief search on his.

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN

A: The surveyor has given you his opinion of what you actually own. If you disagree, hire another surveyor for his plat. If it looks good, hire an PA attorney to file a Boundary Line Dispute which is a difficult, expensive Declaratory Judgment Action.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It sounds like you might be dealing with an issue related to an incorrect land survey. If your deed states you own 13.5 acres but the surveyor's findings, influenced by your neighbor, result in you losing 4 acres, this could be a significant problem. The surveyor's responsibility is to provide an accurate survey based on legal documents and property records, not on a neighbor's statements.

To address this, gather all relevant documentation, including your deed, any previous surveys, and records of the surveyor's recent work. This will help establish the accurate boundaries of your property. You may need to hire a different surveyor to conduct an independent and thorough survey based on your deed and legal records.

Consult with a legal professional who can review your situation and advise you on the best course of action. They can help determine if the surveyor violated any legal standards and assist you in recovering any lost property. Taking these steps promptly will be crucial in resolving this issue.

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