Land & Law
AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAND BOUNDARIES, LAW AND SCIENCE
WELCOME TO LAND AND LAW: YOUR SOLUTION FOR TOUGH ISSUES INVOLVING LAND, LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS, SURVEYS AND LAW
Need assistance with land use, land development, land surveying, boundary locations, easement locations, complex title issues, boundary disputes or problem retracements that involve a mix of law and fact? If so, you've come to the right place. We are at the intersection of History, Law and Measurement Science. Look around and contact us with questions or inquiries.
The 1851 "Eddy" map of San Francisco (above) is the earliest known map by a SF City Surveyor. Interestingly, it was never officially adopted by the City although it was performed by an officer of the County in the conduct of his official duties. The early years of San Francisco were full of conflicts between owners, speculators, squatters and the local and federal governments. It would take another 15 years to reach a resolution to these problems. The disputes resulting from this confusion reached the U.S. Supreme Court and required an Act of Congress to resolve. These issues contribute to present day property location ambiguities throughout the City and County of San Francisco. Remarkable, our system of land records contains no references to native american aboriginal claims to land - even land known to have been occupied for millennia.
Like the City and County of San Francisco, properties throughout California with old legal descriptions often suffer from hidden defects. Once problems are understood, solutions may be simple - but only with good communications and neighbor cooperation.
Attorney, Land Surveyor
Paul brings a range of experience to his clients. He graduated with honors from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2013 where he received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Real Estate Law among other honors. Prior to law school, Paul worked for more than a decade as a partner or department manager at several nationally recognized engineering design firms. Paul received his Bachelors degree in Land Surveying from the College of Engineering at the University of Florida. Since 2013, Paul has worked in both public and private capacities representing a range of clients from government agencies and local municipalities to individual land owners and business start-ups. Paul is a fan of history, especially the kind that calls his own privilege into question.