Attorney Relations

D. Woolley & Associates has been used as an expert witness, a balance between defense and plaintiff’s attorneys, in more than 40 court cases involving land surveying issues in the last 6 years. Our skilled expertise is largely sought after in California, most notably by surveying, engineering and law firms. Our researching capabilities, presentation of complex material and attention to detail has assisted counsel in resolving each of the cases in which we are involved.

We are experienced in issues involving:

  • Encroachments (CC 1013.5, CCP 871.6).

  • Trespass (CCP 743).

  • Landslide (CCP 751.50 – 751.65).

  • Boundary Disputes (CC 830 – 834, 841, CCP 324 – 325).

  • Standard of Care – Surveyor Negligence (CCP 411.35, 1029.5, CC 1102.13, 1102.4).

  • Negligent Misrepresentation.

  • Unwritten Rights (CC 945, 1047).

  • Property Descriptions (CCP 337.1, 337.15, 2077, CC 1105 – 1181).

  • Title Conflicts.

  • Review and composition of technical documents for settlements.

  • Preparation of declarations.

  • Deposition preparation & evaluation.

  • Mediation.

D. Woolley & Associates has the ability to assist, as an expert, in deposition preparation and evaluation. By working closely with attorneys prior to depositions, we assist in constructing relevant questions specifically for the opposing counsel’s experts. Our knowledge stems from professional experience in both deposition and court room testimony.

In California, Professional Land Surveyors are the only people licensed, privileged and authorized to delimit the extent of real property boundaries.This privilege is accompanied with equal parts of liability and responsibility. Most surveyors accept their legal responsibilities and act in benefit to the public, unfortunately, like any other profession, there are a few surveyors that choose to shirk their legal and ethical responsibilities. A negligent or incompetent surveyor, offering an unqualified or incorrect opinion, can cost a property owner hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary litigation. This liability accounts for most surveyors carrying Errors and Omissions (E & O) insurance policies ranging from $1M to $5M. 

We are committed to providing professional service and keeping our clients well informed. If you need further assistance, contact us to schedule an appointment.