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When surveyors are retained

  Surveyors are often retained: Prior to purchasing real property Prior to beginning any construction improvements within property boundaries When dividing parcels of land or … Read More

What is Planning?

Here at W.B. Wells though, when we talk about planning we are usually talking about land use planning. How does a new residential or commercial development influence the existing state of a place? Read More


  January 19 – Snow falls Miami, Florida for the only time in its history. February 11 – A 44lb-9oz lobster is caught off Nova … Read More

Adverse possession

  Adverse possession – A situation where ownership can be claimed by use or occupation. As defined by law, certain rules apply which are best … Read More


  ALTA surveys, boundary surveys, condominium plats…. Yes they can. Fence surveys, foundation surveys, partition plats…. Yes they can. Property line adjustments, subdivision plats, topographic … Read More


  1978 – MCMLXXVIII January 15 – The Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XII March 1 – Charlie Chaplin’s remains are stolen April 1 – … Read More

Wright Brothers Day

On this day in 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made history by taking the first documented human flight. Of course prior to inventing the flying … Read More

Batman V Survey Ninja

  Batman – millionaire, playboy, industrialist and philanthropist. Survey Ninja – none of the above Batman – trains himself both physically and intellectually Survey Ninja … Read More

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

  DEAR SURVEY NINJA: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Vampire Santa Claus. Papa says “If you … Read More

Removal of fence built on another's land

  ORS 96.060 Removal of fence built on another’s land. (1) When any person has built or builds, by mistake and in good faith, a … Read More

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In 1924, after graduating from Stanford University, Willard B. Wells founded W.B. Wells & Assoc. Inc in Portland, Oregon. Willard’s philosophy was to provide a quality product for a reasonable fee. We still follow Willard’s philosophy today.
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