Do land surveyors change boundaries between adjoining parcels?

This is a common misconception that a Professional Land Surveyor can “move” property lines according to who they are working for.  Professional Land Surveyors cannot and do not ‘take away’ or ‘give’ land to anyone.  Property lines are based upon legal records like deeds, court records and maps.  Conflicts sometimes arise when recorded documents and descriptions do not agree with the way the property has been occupied.  Many properties have been occupied and built on throughout the years without the benefit of a proper survey.  By law, the courts have the authority to change boundary lines to match the occupied lines, but land surveyors may not do this.  The Professional Land Surveyor establishes the boundary lines according to the record description, but in doing so the lines may depart from actual occupation lines to give the appearance that the surveyor changed the boundary line.