What Do You Think of Adverse Possession?

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association recently awarded a contract to a research team to prepare a position paper on adverse possession. As part of the research, we are assessing how adverse possession has impacted (positively or negatively) landowners in Alberta.

 Thus, we are gathering information from people (surveyors, lawyers, landowners) who have been involved with adverse possession cases, including situations that did not proceed to court. We would like to talk to Alberta Land Surveyors who have advised landowners on boundary issues related to adverse possession. We wish to learn your views on and experience with adverse possession; including how advice was given, at what stage you became involved and the final outcome.

 As a practicing land surveyor in Alberta, have you encountered adverse possession? If yes, would you be willing to answer a few questions in the next couple of weeks? The initial questions will be sent to you as a questionnaire, but the follow up will be done in person or over the telephone. If you have advised clients on adverse possession within another jurisdiction, we would also like to hear from you. 

We would also like to thank the land surveyors who responded to our emails that were sent to select members over the past few weeks. 

If you have been involved in a situation that either led to a formal process or even one that had the potential, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Roberta Holtner, ALS, CLS, P.Eng., at rholtner@ualberta.net. We are hoping to have all written responses back to us by March 25, 2019 so that we will have time to conduct follow-up interviews.

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.